Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

On April 22, 1985, the William T. Boyce Library unveiled its new online catalog, FullCat, which replaced the old catalog card system. To familiarize the campus community with the new library catalog, librarians produced written guides and conducted a series of orientation sessions. During its first semester of use, 266,438 searches were conducted on FullCat by students, faculty, and staff. The library went through a series of major changes in online research capabilities during these two decades. Librarians first offered mediated computer searching through databases on a service called DIALOG, then switched to using a CD-ROM system, InfoTrac, to find articles. InfoTrac, which allowed students to conduct their own searches, was so popular that the library asked the Associated Students to partially fund the computer system, but the request was denied. The CD-Rom system was replaced in the 2000s by online databases that were available on campus and remotely to students, faculty, and staff. On September 9, 1991, the library began charging fines for overdue materials: $ .10 a day for books, $ .25 a day for reserve items, and $.1.00 a day for videos. The move was made when the library found itself depleted of needed resources as students checked out materials and never returned them.
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