"Presently, it is necessary to log off the [OCLC] terminals at 6:00pm and log back in after 6:05 in order to avoid losing data during this period. This is the time when OCLC switches from 3 computers to 2 computers" - 1976


"Hardly a day seems to pass without the discovery of some unusual, inexplainable [sic] situation on OCLC" - 1976

Β· Β· Web Β· 1 Β· 2 Β· 3

"this terminal experienced a mechanical malfunction and conked out. The picture on the screen became hazy and wavy and vanished, whereupon the terminal emitted black smoke. The operator, after a moment of initial amazement, switched off the terminal."

re: thunderstorms and nighttime cataloging "e.g. if the lights go out, are they closing up an d going home or simply turning on a flashlight? Apparently terminal screens become quite agitated over electrical storms"

to: Cataloging Departments of OCLC Participating Libraries

"At 12:05pm today (November 25, 1975), I received a call from OCLC confirming that they are well-aware that the system has the shakes or worse and is unable to perform properly. Rhe mini-computers have been under 'special duty intensive care' in an attempt to keep them going but the equipment still will not keep the system up"

"I have already heard that Ohio State's [cataloging copy] is unacceptable [for reuse]" - August 1975


Sign in to participate in the conversation
glammr.us Mastodon

glammr.us is a space for folks interested in productive conversation about, well, galleries, libraries, archives, museums, memory work and records. It is pronounce β€œglamorous” as our work are often charmingly or fascinatingly attractive, especially in a mysterious or magical way. Sometimes it is also full of excitement, adventure, and unusual activity (oh, yes). It is also inspired by Toys’R’us to showcase the fun playful side of glammr.us tooters. But you don't necessarily have to only post about GLAMMR-related topics, bring your whole self. Talk about fun things you saw, your exciting day or even your struggles. Many of us are Twitter refugees looking for an inclusive and community supported approach to social media. If any of these things sound good to you, consider joining us by contributing as little as a $1 a month on our patreon to help keep our server online. Take a look at our code of conduct.