Archive for Monday, September 24, 2012

40 years ago: New library to lead the way with latest technology

September 24, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 24, 1972:

"Imagine checking a television program out of the library," began an article outlining the current and near-future plans of the new Lawrence Public Library. According to head librarian Wayne Mayo, the library was experimenting with plans such as multiple book-drops around Lawrence, an expansion of the fledgling bookmobile program, and regular art exhibits in the new building. However, the advances of technology might have been the most exciting to readers: "Television film cassettes loom a little farther into the future.... Through a unit which attaches to a regular television set, cassette tapes can be inserted and shown on the television screen. The unit also can be used to record anything broadcast on the screen and then played later." Mayo also estimated that when "telecopiers" (what we now call fax machines) were able to transmit about a page a minute, it might be time for the library to consider installing such equipment. Many libraries were already using telecopiers, which were able to "transmit a page in about three to four minutes over the telephone wires."


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