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Library automation and open source software in Italy: an overview

Giovanna Frigimelica and Andrea Marchitelli

The notions of information technology and procedure automation started to circulate within Italian libraries at the end of the 1960s, when the first software products were released for that use. The turning point was 1968, as a result of a tragic event in Italian history: the flooding of Florence in 1966. In October 1968 a seminar was held in Florence to present the results of two studies carried out in the framework of the aid from ALA to Italian libraries: John Finzi from the Library of Congress and Joseph Becker of EDUCOM dealt with the possibility of reorganizing in a new way the services offered by the Central National Library ...

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