The computerization of a central lending library : are there specificities ?

The technical, administrative and geographical scattering of central lending libraries raises some problems for computerization. For the central lending library of Saône-et-Loire, the main trends consist in : the control of communications through the minitel, which furthers information retrieval, transactions and development of an interactive videotex network ; the control of the localization of all the documents and of an overall perception of the whole collection ; the ability of generating bibliographic entries in UNIMARC format. The systems of the central lending library and of the deposits must be compatible and the inquiries and transactions must get closer to the real time.