12018-10-15T23:13:11-07:00Ginny Barnes3eee7f03172e35d4a55ee3f747d663b72f156868304371Harold Billings graces the cover of Library Journal. The magazine ran Billings' article from his recent publication Magic & Hypersystems.plain2018-10-15T23:13:11-07:00Library Journal magazine cover features Harold Billings with keyboard in hand and elbow resting on a Macintosh SE/30 sitting on top of a large stack of library books. Headline reads: Harold Billings Magic and Hypersystems: The Struggle for Order. Subtext reads The 16 Best new magazines. Software dominates: automated systems in 1989.Ginny Barnes3eee7f03172e35d4a55ee3f747d663b72f156868
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1media/Billings_computer.jpg2018-08-27T21:59:50-07:00Technology & Innovation37Billings worked to integrate innovative technology into the libraries.image_header7791392018-10-16T18:42:57-07:00Over the course of Billings' long career, libraries witnessed dramatic shifts toward integrating new technologies . As director, Billings led UT to incorporate such innovations as searchable online databases and migrating the card catalog online as well as establishing a computer lab.
Beyond his support of large projects in advancing technology in the libraries, Billings also used technology to support individual projects. This is evident from a 1988 letter from project librarian George Cogswell expressing his appreciation of the purchase of a new Apple computer along with a photo of Cogswell at work on the new machine.
Billings also used technology to partner with other libraries across Texas through the TexShare program. This reciprocal borrowing and resource sharing program continues to connect users and resources throughout Texas.
The online and technological resources that Billings helped establish at UTL remain integral parts of the library today. As libraries continue to grow and change with advancing technologies and user needs, the example of leadership that Billings provided through his advocacy for technology serves as a guide for putting the library at the forefront of innovation and access.
For another visualization of technological changes at UT Libraries, you can view this timeline of the shift from print to electronic resources at the libraries spanning Billings' tenure as director.