Harold B. Lee Library. Library Automations and Systems

Library Automations and Systems was created in 1973 with the reorganization of the J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library. Prior to this reorganization, the department existed as a program within the JRCL. Library Automations and Systems Dept. became Library Information Systems in 1994. Library Automations and Systems was chaired by John R. Taylor (1973-1987), Kal Larsen (1987-1992), Kayla Willey (1992-1994).

Variant names

Library Automation Office

Harold B. Lee Library. Automations Dept.

Automation Dept.


Library Automation and Information Services

Information Services Dept.


Established: 1973

Abolished: 1994

Location: Provo, Utah (1973-1994)


Library Automations and Systems was originally created to organize and automate several large indexes in the archives, as well as the library serials. The dept. was involved with the Library Integration Network Center (LINC), Circulation Library Systems Integration (CLSI), the Online Serials System, Phonodisc Catalog, Integrated Library System (ILS), Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN), Serials Interface Network (SIN), and, most importantly, the NOTIS system.

In sum, Automations served to transition the library's research capabilities from manual to mechanized systems. Library holdings and acquisitions were organized and made more available to patrons; internal systems were put in place to facilitate comprehensive access to the entirety of the library's holdings for library administrators, subject librarians, and archivists. Automation initiated and facilitated Circulation Automation, Serials Automation, Records Management, Cataloging, and Order Dept., Learning Resource Centers (LRC) among others.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The dept. was under the direction of a chair until 1992 when the position was reclassified as a coordinator to the dept. The chair and coordinator reported to the Director of Libraries from 1973-1979. In 1979, Automations was placed within the Technical Services Division, under the Assistant Director of Libraries for Technical Services.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library (1973-1979)

Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Technical Services Division (1979-1994)

Later unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Library Information Systems (1994)


UA 1015 “Harold B. Lee Library Annual Report 1973-1974” Box 1 Fol. 2 Org. Chart 1 (Library Automation and Information Services, John R. Taylor; under Director of Libraries) p. 28 (Library Automation and Systems)

UA 1015 “Harold B. Lee Library 1976-1977 Audit Report” Box 1 Fol. 3 p. 22 (Automation Dept., John R. Taylor; Library Automation Office, variant name; CRC); p. 23 (LINC; CLSI (Circulation Library Systems Integration?); CRT & RJE; Serials Automation) p. 26 (LINC = Library Information Network Center)

UA 1015 “Harold B. Lee Library Annual Report 1977-1978” Box 1 Fol. 4 p. 20 (Automation Dept.; Library Automation and Systems Dept.; LINC); p. 22 (Online Serials System; Phonodisc Catalog; Circulation Automation - “A little over three years ago, the Computer Guidance Council approved the use of the CLSI system for the library’s automated circulation program.”); p. 42 (Library Automation and Systems)

UA 909 Taylor, John Robin, “Lee Library Online Serials System” in Utah Libraries, Fall 1978, Vol. 21, No. 2 (In 1978, online serials system completed shifting from manual file (Kardex) to mechanized form; in 1968 automation of serials began)

UA 1015 “Harold B. Lee Library Annual Report 1978-79” Box 1 Fol. 6, p. 2 (Records Management Center established in 1978); p. 27 (Library Automation and Systems)

UA 1015 “Harold B. Lee Library Annual Report 1979-80” Box Fol. 7, p. 10 (Automation Dept. placed within Technical Services Division); Org. Chart Appendix I (under Assistant Director of Libraries for Technical Services)

UA 1015 “Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University Annual Report 1980-1981” Box 1 Fol. 8, p. 3 (“Because of the programming responsibilities related to circulation operations, the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the automated circulation system was transferred to the library automations department. A full-time staff member and a part-time student position were transferred with the change in responsibilities.”); p. 13 (Automations tied with cataloging, Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN), and order department)

UA 1015 “Harold B. Lee Library Annual Report 1981/82” Box 1 Fol. 9, p. 21 (chairmanship of the Automations Dept. chairman helped bid for new ILS)

UA 1104 “Brigham Young University Telephone Directory 1987-1988” Box 2 Fol. 3, p. 21 (Automations, Kal Larsen)

UA 1015 “Harold B. Lee Library Cumulative Annual Report Sept. 1, 1984 - Aug. 31, 1988” Box 2 Fol. 1, p. 19 (Automations Dept. listed as helping the Order Dept. with an automated tape loading system for approval purchase data); p. 20 (Automations Dept. made immediate preparations to transfer LRC circulation data to the NOTIS system); p. 26 (an analyst was transferred over to Automations Dept. and assigned task of designing SIN (Serials Interface Network/NOTIS)

Phone call to Kayla Willey September 24, 2012 (

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Record ID: EAC-2012-00057

Creator: ARC