Accession Number : AD0640103

Title :   MECHANIZATION STUDY OF THE TECHNICAL LIBRARY BUREAU OF SHIPS, NAVY DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, D. C.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : BOOZ-ALLEN APPLIED RESEARCH INC BETHESDA MD

Personal Author(s) : KERSHAW,G. A. ; Crowder,D. ; Davis,J. E. ; Loges,E. G. ; Merendini,E.

Report Date : SEP 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 283

Abstract : The mechanized system used in the Technical Library at the Bureau of Ships (BUSHIPS) is called the SHips Analysis and Retrieval Project (SHARP). SHARP is a computer-oriented information storage and retrieval system developed to resolve some of the problems inherent in the handling, storage and retrieval of scientific and technical literature at the BUSHIPS Technical Library. The IBM 7090 computer was used during the development and early operational stages of the SHARP system; conversion to the Livermore Atomic Research Computer (LARC) at David Taylor Model Basin has been completed. The computer is being used to automate bibliographic searches; subject matter searches; coordinated searches; issuance of library catalog cards and accessions bulletins; control of periodicals and journals; and other aspects under development, such as complete automatic generic computer searching, automatic posting of descriptive terms by the computer in the indexing procedure, and user interest registers. Both the Library and the users appear to be satisfied with the results of the systm programs that are operational. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*LIBRARIES, AUTOMATION), INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, DIGITAL COMPUTERS, BIBLIOGRAPHIES, NAVY, PERIODICALS, COSTS

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE