I can sympathize with the software computer problems you elaborate.
It was one of the first problems I encountered when I first began to use
a computer back in 1985!
On 3/20/01 6:34 AM carol primrose writes:
>You give me another opportunity to make a point that still needs made:
>there is STILL nothing a computer can do that people with pencils and paper
>can't. However, today you need a great many people and a lot of time to do
>the same thing as quickly and you can't do it as cheaply. One major problem
>with computerised systems is not the hardware but the software; programmers
>know about computers but are usually pretty ignorant about the subject they
>are writing a programme for. This wouldn't matter if they would listen to
>the experts when the requirements for the programme are thrashed out, but
>they tend to make arbitrary decisions about what can and can't be done and
>about what is and is not important and it's difficult to argue when you
>don't know what is possible. Then, even if the experts and the computer
>bods have worked out a satisfactory compromise, along come the authorities
>who will pick up the bill, who know very little about anything, and insist
>on economies which make the new system more inefficient than the old manual
>.At 20:32 19/03/01 -0500, you wrote:
>> There were days before the library computer system that worked
>>as efficiently if not better when handled manually. I am thinking
>>specifically of the PRO. It always amazed me that a few 'handlers'
>>could locate a hefty binding of writs, or whatever on 75 miles of
>>shelving in just fifteen or twenty minutes. As I recall when they
>>put in their computer system it took much longer. Now, their photographic
>>copying system was another matter...but that was to safeguard the exposure
>>of the documents.
>>On 3/17/01 1:38 PM kpflude writes:
>> >I completely disagree that curators are a couple of hundred year behind but
>> >it is important to understand that Libraries began systematic cataloguing
>> >earlier and began computerisation earlier. They began computerisation in
>> >the bad old days of the mainframe where the main model for computerisation
>> >was similar to a stock control system. Simple and rigid fields in
>> >hierarchical arrangements - the relational database providing a little more
>> >flexibility later on - but the data had to be shoe horned into the
>> >the computers allowed for it.
>>Beatrice Hopkinson 73071,327@compuserve
Beatrice Hopkinson 73071,327@compuserve