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Project ARS: Links

We are not the only library to use an ARS for storage of infrequently used books. We are the third library in the world to go live with such a system in a library setting (but fourth to start construction).

This page offers you an opportunity to visit other library related Automated Storage System sites. Some of these include California State University at Northridge (first to go live with an ARS in a library setting), Eastern Michigan University (second to go live), University of Nevada Las Vegas (fourth to go live), as well as Simon Fraser University - British Columbia, Canada (who are planning to build one, the first outside the U.S. to be planned), and a Depotbibliotek in Norway (may be first outside the U.S. to go live).
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Electronic Documents related to the ARS:

(I do not work for HK Systems or Swiss Log or get compensated in any way for including this or the positive comments about these companies and our experiences with them.)

Other Campus ARS related links:

Off campus stories with reference to our ARS:

    For these articles, you can try to check the original wired articles. if these links don't work, you can try the locally cached copies below. http://www.wired.com/news/culture/ars/index.html (expired? Article was not available, and then was available again.) Part 0 from Wired, http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,41905,00.html (expired? Article was not available, and then was available again.) Part 1 from wired, and http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,41905-2,00.html (expired? Article was not available, and then was available again.) Part 2 from Wired, may be available for your review. If for some reason, access to the expected resources from the three previous links are unavailable, I have a included the contents to these three links: part 0 locally cached, part 1 locally cached, and part 2 locally cached. (Wired copyright may preclude you from using the copied information from their site for commercial purposes. Wired Copyright included in the local pages made by them and any references to their story. You should read this if you intentions to use their material for more than your own personal browsing.)

    http://ci.cotati.ca.us/history/tour_5.html City of Cotati wrote about the SSU Library ARS

    The Press Democrat had an article at "" which is no longer available from them. It had an interview with Sam Scalise and mentioned the ARS.)

    The Press Democrat had a photo of the ARS with Phillip Kajley working in the ARS. Date of publication: Tuesday, August 15,2000. Section: Empire News, B1 (I do not know how long they will keep their story on this up, but you can try to check out "http://www.pressdemocrat.com/local/news/15ssu_b1.html (expired).)

    The Press Democrat had another photo of the ARS. Date of publication: Monday, August 28,2000. Section: (Not sure) (I do not know how long they will keep their story on this up, but you can try to check out "" (expired).)

    The Press Democrat had another story on Automated book storage in a library setting. Date of publication: Monday, July 1,2002. Section: TechMonday (D6), Title: "Book retrieving robots may roam future libraries", by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, New York Times inclusion. This was not published on their web site. However, the New York Times has published this on the web. For up to one week after the initial posting (June 27,2002) , you can view it on their site for free when you sign up for their free account. After one week, you will no longer be able to search for it on their site unless you have a paid subscription. In the response from them on this link, this link will allow you to view this story Titled: "In Remote Library Stacks, An All-Seeing, Scanning Robot" under "What's Next", published June 27, 2002. I also have a link to offer you a printer friendly format of that article, but it also requires signing up for a free account from the New York Times.

    The University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies has a section on their website that discusses our ARS and ASRS in general at http://www.slais.ubc.ca/courses/libr500/01-02-wt1/www/J_Loo/. It has many references, and is a good general information space on the topic.

Other off campus ARS/ASRS links:


Early attempts in library storage automation (circa 1960-1070) included the "RandTriever" which only appeared at a few library locations and met with little or no success. These were put into place before computer based resource searches and thoughts to only house infrequently used books instead of whole collections in such systems. These "RandTrievers" were expensive to maintain, and workloads imposed upon them to access most items caused wear and stress on the machinery.

    "RandTrievers" required human users to transcribe sequences of numbers, letters and symbols to paper, perform a lookup of that "string" in another set of papers, write down the "string" indexed by the previous lookup, enter this "string" into another system that would pull a kind of shelf forward, and allow the user to pick an item.

    After the item was picked, further steps would need to be endured in order to record the item that was taken out of the system and reverse the process to record its removal in the hand-written database..

  • A RandTrievers is shown and described here.
  • A person's thoughts on how library services have changed over the years includes information on their "RandTriever".
  • http://alexia.lis.uiuc.edu/course/fall1999/lis415a/draft_sched.htm A class schedule from UIUC (LIS415A: Library Automation) from Fall 1999.
  • http://gateway.library.uiuc.edu/administration/planningbudget/storage/resources/CICsummary.htm
  • Items I wish to read:
    Meyboom, Leen. "The RandTriever at Erasmus University, Rotterdam --
    1969-1990: two decades of change in mechanical books storage." Library
    Hi Tech 8 (3), (1990): 83-85.
    VanBrimer, Barbara et al. "The RandTriever: its use at the Ohio State
    University." Library Hi Tech 8 (3), (1990): 71-81. 
    Kountz, John. "Industrial Storage Technology Applied to Library Requirements."
      Library Hi Tech 5:4, consecutive issue no. 20 (Winter 1987): 13-22. 
    Boss, Richard W. 1994. The procurement of an Automated Library System with a
      Model RFP. Library Technology Reports 30(3), pp. 331-344, May-June 1994. 
    Berry, Jeff, Dania Bilal and W. David Penniman. "A Balancing Act: Automated
      System Market Place." Library Journal 124(6): 45-54; April 1, 1999. 
    Cibbarelli, Pamela. "Library Automation: Today's Successes and Concerns."
      The Electronic Library 17(3): 155-157. June 1999