The Tomorrow Librarian: Harold Billings' Legacy as Director of the University of Texas Libraries 1978-2003

Technology & Innovation

Over 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.



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