Library Technology Timeline

From Clay Tablets, to Scriptoriums, to OPACs:
A chronology of the first use of a technology in a library

1945 - 1950
1950 - 1960
1960 - 1970
1970 - 1980
  1980 - 1990  
1990 - 2000
2000 - 2005
Historical Perspectives
Submit to this Timeline
Library Index

About Us

The Queens College graduate library students of class GSLIS 747 of the Fall 2004 semester would like to welcome you
to our Library Technology Timeline Web site. This Web site is meant to illustrate chronologically the first use of a techonolgy in a library in the United States from 1945 to the present. Since our goal is to provide information that is factual and accurrate, we have validated all entries with attached bibliographic reference citations.

The entries can be easily accessed by using the chronological links or our "Library Index." The best of efforts have been made to include the bibliographic source in correct APA style format. However, not all citations are complete. At the very least, the author, copyrighted date and title is always provided.

In order to maintain the integrity of the Web site's validity, we encourage constructive feedback and submissions from visitors using the "Submit to this Timeline" page. A final Webliography lists, in general, all sources used as well as provide useful library and technology links.

© Created by the students of GSLIS 747 - Queens College CUNY
Last updated: 15 December 2004