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Oral history interview with Maurice B. Line 2000 June 27.

Author: Maurice Bernard Line; W Boyd Rayward; Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Series: Chemical Heritage Foundation Oral history transcript, 0205.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Maurice B. Line's interview begins with a discussion of his education and early career. After high school, Line received a scholarship to attend Oxford University and major in Classics. He began his long career in library institutions at the Bodleian Library as a library trainee. He then moved on to the University of Glasgow as an assistant librarian. While there, he was one of the first to conduct library system  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Interviews
Biography
Named Person: Maurice Bernard Line; David Eccles; F S Dainton
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Maurice Bernard Line; W Boyd Rayward; Chemical Heritage Foundation.
OCLC Number: 186433098
Notes: Interview conducted by W. Boyd Rayward at Harrogate, England.
Description: sound recordings ; cassettes. Transcript : (38 leaves) ; 29 cm.
Series Title: Chemical Heritage Foundation Oral history transcript, 0205.
Other Titles: Maurice B. Line oral history interview
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Maurice B. Line's interview begins with a discussion of his education and early career. After high school, Line received a scholarship to attend Oxford University and major in Classics. He began his long career in library institutions at the Bodleian Library as a library trainee. He then moved on to the University of Glasgow as an assistant librarian. While there, he was one of the first to conduct library system studies regarding student's attitudes towards the library. Line brought his interest in library systems to Southampton University where Beres Bland, the head librarian at Southampton, gave Line the freedom to develop his abilities and focus his ideas about information science. As deputy librarian at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Line helped create the first automated acquisition system in Britain. When he became a librarian at Bath University, he directed the study of social scientists' information requirements, named INFROSS, and a further study on the designs of information systems, named DISISS. In 1985, Line became the director general of Science Technology and Industry at the British Library. Line discusses the constraints of working in the public sector, and his desire to create easy access to library collections internationally. In conclusion, he describes the potential obstacles to the international library system in the future, and the importance of technology in making libraries more accessible to users.

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