Alden Library: First to Catalog Online [VIDEO] – OHIO University Libraries

Alden Library: First to Catalog Online [VIDEO]


It can be said that online cataloging as we know it today began in 1971 when Ohio University’s Vernon R. Alden Library was the first in the world to generate an electronic library record. That online cataloging system, created by OCLC, became a pioneer in networking library materials.

Today, 45 years later, we are celebrating the anniversary of this historic moment.

It is hard to believe that on Aug. 26, 1971, librarians were required to use a dedicated phone line to input the first online record, but today, building off that same technology, scholars can now use their mobile phones to search information from anywhere and at any time of the day.

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