Shorelink network will push libraries towards the future - The Australian, 29 November 1983
Five Public Libraries on Sydney’s lower North Shore will take a giant step into the future this week by installing the first batch of computer equipment worth $700,000 that will integrate and automate their services.
The network, called Shorelink, points the way to the development of libraries as information centres rather than recreational reading facilities and sets a lead for automation of Australia’s 800 other Public Libraries.
Borrowers at the North Sydney, Manly, Mosman, Willoughby and Lane Cove Council Libraries will be able to consult video display terminals and see instantly if a book they want is available at any of them.
NCR Australia and Stowe Computer Consultants […] are now installing an NCR 9300 mainframe at the Lane Cove site. By March the system is due to support 66 terminals.
The NCR system has three megabytes of memory and 567 megabytes of disc storage.
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