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By GEORGE ADAMS
and DAN GRANTHAM
Libraries, it seems, are relatively
,,safe from the sterilizing effects of
.automation - at least on moral groun-
ds.
After all, is it really just to combine
volumes of Plato or Shakespeare with a
'spiritless combination of silicon chips?
Yet even the University's libraries,
those bastions of reverence for thoughts
past, have succumbed to the pressures
of computer efficiency.
BEGINNING this term, circulation
at the Undergraduate, Graduate,
Engineering and Transportation,
-.Natural Sciences, and Taubman,
,,,Medical libraries will be handled
through a computerized network that
library officials say will cut costs and
keep better track of books and fines.
The new computer, dubbed "GEAC"
after the firm that manufactures it, is
"a big step forward for the library,"
according to University Libraries
Director Richard Dougherty.
Econ. profes
(Continued from Page 14)
Building.
"WE HAD AN irrational attachment
to that old building," she said. "A lot of
us miss that location as much as we
miss that building."
After the fire in December 1981,
faculty morale was low, Crafton said.
Many professors lost years of their
research work in the blaze.
The prospect of a move, however, has

CIrE l Library computers

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*The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 9, 1983 - Page 17
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The system will require several
changes in the way books are checked
out of the library.
To begin, students will need a sticker
imprinted with a special bar code af-
fixed to the back of their student iden-
tification cards. The stickers are
available at the UGLI.
LIBRARY staff will then use a light
wand to record the bar code on the
user's card and similar stickers on the
books to be checked out.
Besides making library check-out
lines move faster, the system will tell
students quickly whether a book is
checked out, being repaired, or in
storage, said the library circulation
chief.
Without the computerized approach,
library personnel would have to pore

over microfiche to find the location of a
particular book.
THE ONLY problem, it seems, would
be crowding at computer terminals,
though Dougherty considers this
unlikely.
GEAC will also keep better track of a
user's record and any fines a student
may have accumulated.
Shades of 1984?
According to Undergraduate Library
Director Dave Norden, when a user's
bar code is entered into the computer,
the machine automatically scans the
patron's record to see if any unpaid
fines exist.
If so, the fines must be paid before
new books can be taken out, of the
building.
BUT STUDENTS should not be

caught with fines they are unaware of:
Each day GEAC will scan the books in
circulation, determine those that are
overdue, find the patron who checked
out the book, and send overdue notices
immediately.
Also, the same terminals that will tell
you the status of a book can reveal the
status of your account with the library;
just press a button and your file will ap-
pear before your eyes.
Several major universities, including
Yale, Princeton, and the University of
Ontario are using GEAC.
But while officials are optimistic.
most users are taking a "wait and see"
attitude toward the new system.
"If it does what it is supposed to do,
that is, speed things up, great," said
LSA junior Tone Gensterblum. "But
CRISP is supposed to speed things up,
too."
This story was reprinted from the
summer edition of the Daily.

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sors await move

boosted faculty members' spirits,
Crafton said. "I think things will pick
un when we leave (the North Ingalls
Building)," she said.'
Economics Prof. Theodore
Bergstrom said the promise of more
suitable accomodations in Lorch Hall
will help pull the faculty members
through another year. "We're willing to
wait if it means more space," he said.
THE ECONOMICS department will
or a current schedule of these and other classes coll 995-4242

be joined1
for PublicI
for Resew
ment in th
Several
architects

to central campus
by the University's Institute Paul Courant, director of the Institute
Policy Studies and the Center for Public Policy Studies.
irch on Economic Develop- "It's been very constructive (to work
e renovated building. with the architects)," he said.
professors worked with the This story was reprintedfrom the.
on the renovation plans, said summer edition of the Daily.

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