"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

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

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"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

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