“Fifty years ago, the Library installed its first computer and began charting a course to bibliographic control and global shared access. On Jan. 15, 1964, the first components of a small-scale computer system were delivered to the Library of Congress and installed in the Library’s newly established Data Processing Office. Provided for in the Legislative Branch Appropriation Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-248), the IBM 1401 was intended for use in payroll, budget control, card distribution billing, accounting for book and periodical purchases and to produce various statistical and management reports.” (via Library of Congress Blog)
“Call it round two. A day after confronting the Library System of Lancaster County chief in the city, officials from Lancaster Public Library carried the fight to the system’s turf. “People already think that we’re antiquated, that we’re not up with the times,” Heather Sharpe, who runs the Duke Street Business Center at LPL, told the LSLC board on Nov. 20. “I say, ‘Look how innovative and up to date we are,’ and then the computers don’t work,” she complained. “Or I’m presenting a program to business owners about what a wonderful business resource we have … and (the computer) just sit there and spins.” (via Lancaster Online)
Bloomberg – “Broadcom Corp., the biggest supplier of chips for television set-top boxes, said phone companies around the world will soon offer free or subsidized tablet-style computers to retain customers.”
OldVersion – “Sometimes upgrading to a newer version can be a good thing. Other times, your computer may not be compatible with the new version, the new version is bloated, or all the options you liked are no longer available. OldVersion.com has been supplying the online community with old versions of various programs since 2001. The service is utilized by thousands of users every day and has been featured in newspapers and magazines as well as on radio and television”
Famunan – “It makes me mad because other people can be doing more important stuff,” Nolis said.
Futures News – “A new study from the American Library Association, scheduled for release Wednesday, finds the average number of public Internet terminals largely unchanged since 2002, yet only 1 in 5 libraries say they have enough computers to meet demand at all times.”