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<p>Modern libraries are constituted within and by a tradition of techniques and practices that represent a hundred years of codified professional knowledge. This article provides a historical overview of this tradition that created a complex environment of expectation and misunderstanding for introducing library automation. A generation of systems development was needed to assimilate and further develop this tradition.</p>
W. Boyd Rayward, "A History of Computer Applications in Libraries: Prolegomena", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 24, no. , pp. 4-15, April-June 2002, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2002.1010066
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