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History of North Harris Library (1980 - 1989)

Present Time - 2010 | 2009 - 2000 | 1999 - 1990 | 1989 - 1980 | 1979 - 1970


Fall 1988

West Campus LRC (Tomball) opens. The South Campus LRC(North Harris) law collection expands to support the Legal Support Services Program.

February 1988

Board of Trustees approve furniture and shelving bid for West Campus LRC (Tomball).

August 1987

West Campus LRC (Tomball) Director is appointed. Continue automation exploration, including applying for a grant to join HALAN (Houston Area Library Automated Network). Order, catalog, and process materials for opening day collection for West Campus LRC (Tomball).

June 1987

Recarpet South LRC. Revise Job Descriptions for support staff.

May 1987

Complete book retrospective conversion; remove South Campus LRC (North Harris) card catalog.

April 1987

Submit budget for Technical Center separate for the first time from the South Campus LRC (North Harris). Award book jobber bid to Baker & Taylor replacing Brodart.

March 1987

Revise Learning Resources policies.

January 1987

Withdraw Memorandum of Understanding with HALS as NHCC wishes to continue study of automation options.

November 1986

Groundbreaking for West Campus LRC (Tomball).

September 1986

Dr. Michael Green appointed District Coordinator for Learning Resources Services. Begin retrospective conversion of nonprint materials.

August 1986

The first computerized database, Dow Jones News Retrieval Service, is introduced in the LRC. Mary W. Barnes retires: Dr. Charles F. Jones appointed South Campus LRC (North Harris) Director and College Coordinator for Learning Resources Services.

Spring 1986

Implement pilot program for bibliographic instruction East Campus LRC (Kingwood). After remodeling, open computer lab in East Campus LRC (Kingwood).

February 1986

Receive inspection and evaluation on government documents collection from Joseph Paskoski, Washington D.C.

January 1986

Receive approval from NHCC Board of Trustees to submit Memorandum of Understanding to HALS.

Fall 1985

The Learning Resource Center hosts the TLA District VIII conference.

August 1985

Change COM catalog from a one-line index to a full bibliographic format; merges nonprint circulation with book circulation on South LRC first floor; expands Technical Center to occupy classroom A127.

March 1985

Accepted as a member of UTXL (Texas Statewide Union List). The Texas State Library paid our OCLC Serials membership as well as first-year fees for record inputting to begin September.

January 1985

Receive from Tom Lovell, SBS Division Head, a donation of 3,000+ books of which the majority is cataloged for the East Campus LRC (Kingwood) with selected titles going to the South Campus LRC (North Harris).

December 1984

Install OCLC M300 Workstation.

November 1984

Contact HALS (Houston Area Library System) regarding membership in Automated Network; also profile with two automation vendors.

October 1984

Begin dismantling South LRC card catalog; begin conversion of PZ-classified titles to alternate P call numbers. Open East Campus LRC (Kingwood).

September 1984

Policies and procedures are revised to include East Campus LRC (Kingwood).

August 1984

The first quarterly production of the COM catalog is received, making a significant first step toward library automation.

January 1984

The LRC's authorization for retrospective conversion of all its holdings from paper files to computer tapes, thereby creating its database for its COM catalog or ultimately a total online system, arrives by congratulatory letter from AMIGOS. Section 421 of the reorganized NHCC Policies and Procedures Manual defines the Learning Resource Center as a support service functioning for students and faculty and details not only its major components but also specific policies developed to enhance the College District's concept of resources sharing.

December 1983

Taking advantage of the OCLC Interlibrary Loan Subsystem, the LRC complements intracampus loan by extending resource sharing to other institutions in the community, region, state, and nation. The LRC's first ILL transaction is secured from Texas A & M University at the request of faculty member, Vernon Williams.

October 1983

AMIGOS conducts a workshop to assist the Technical Services staff in cataloging and interlibrary loan via OCLC. This key training completed, the LRC is permitted application for retrospective collection conversion. Believing that a student's success in achieving academic objectives is significantly dependant upon access to materials, the LRC staff commits itself to producing a common catalog and, following extensive exploration, met with a COM vendor to set-up our tentative profile.

September 1983

In order to approach acquisition of resources with the philosophy of developing one viable collection to serve the district's community of patrons, the LRC professional staff adopt divisional book allocations based upon such criteria as student enrollment in the subject area, circulation statistics in the subject area, average cost per book in the subject area, and new curriculum needs and on-going analyses of curriculum needs by department or division. A Beehive Model 105 dedicated-line terminal -- in spite of AT&T strike delays--was finally readied for cataloging from OCLC's ten-million-plus title data base.

June 1983

The NHCC Board of Trustees accepts the proposed concept of LRC reorganization so as to provide maximum district sharing of resources through their centralized acquisition, processing, and loan services.

April 1983

NHCC officially becomes a member of AMIGOS Bibliographic Council, Inc. Amigos is the independent regional network located in Dallas that contracts with OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Incorporated); a nonprofit library service and research organization.

Spring 1983

Preparatory to multi-campus resource sharing, the LRC professional staff submits for approval other policies relating to circulation, inventory, district learning resources budgets, and a District Learning Resources Commission.

Fall 1982

With divisional analyses coming in from the qualitative analysis of the collection, the need for a more definitive collection development policy becomes apparent. Asking the Learning Resource Commission to react in its advisory capacity, the LRC professional staff revise Section 430 of the NHCC Policy Handbook to include a discard policy.

Spring 1982

The proposed LRC floor plan reorganization is accomplished with significant changes including the moving of the circulation desk to the first floor, the opening of the formerly closed periodicals stacks, consolidating of periodicals indexing with other reference materials on the second floor, and expanding the nonprint services.

Fall 1981

An LRC Handbook, detailing each unit--Media, Public, and Technical Services--with accompanying job descriptions and procedural guidelines is distributed. Pursuant to our Self-Study for Reaffirmation of Southern Association accreditation and enlisting the Learning Resource Commission as a task force, the LRC undertakes an in-depth, qualitative analysis of the resources collection. Book purchases are expedited through the implementation of Brodart's On Line Acquisitions System (OLAS).

June 1981

Installation of Checkpoint Security System is completed; losses reflected in the first full year's inventory following installation showed a total of 68% fewer unaccounted books than the previous year's statistics.

Spring 1981

Mary Barnes, newly appointed Director of the Learning Resource Center, received recognition from Dean of Instruction Joe Airola of the importance of the future growth of the Federal Depository for NHCC.

February 1980

NHCC receives its first Federal Depository inspector, Helen Holt, who rates the collection "excellent” or “very good” in every category.