A History of Online Information Services, 1963–1976
Every field of history has a basic need for a detailed chronology of what happened: who did what when. In the absence of such a resource, fanciful accounts flourish. This book provides a rich narrative of the early development of online information retrieval systems and services, from 1963 to 1976—a period important to anyone who uses a search engine, online catalog, or large database. Drawing on personal experience, extensive research, and interviews with many of the key participants, the book describes the individuals, projects, and institutions of the period. It also corrects many common errors and misconceptions and provides milestones for many of the significant developments in online systems and technology.
About the Authors
Charles P. Bourne, a pioneer in information retrieval services, was formerly Director of the Institute of Library Research at the University of California and Vice President of DIALOG Information Services.
Trudi Bellardo Hahn is Manager of Library User Education Services and Adjunct Professor at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland.
—W. Boyd Rayward, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
—Robert V. Williams, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, University of South Carolina
—Donald W. King, Research Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh