The Ventura County Library Services Agency has installed 85 computers throughout its library system to allow patrons to find books stored in libraries in Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.
The computers read a compact disc, similar to those produced by the music industry, which contains up-to-date bibliographic information on more than 350,000 titles held by the Black Gold Cooperative, a three-county library network.
"You can find just about anything with a few keystrokes," said Dixie Adeniran, director of the Ventura County Library Agency. She said the system eventually will replace conventional card and microfilm catalogues.
A 5 1/2-inch compact disc can hold more bibliographic information than a 1,000-foot strip of microfilm, Adeniran said.
Users can search for books by author, subject, title and topic call numbers, as well as title fragments. The automated catalogue contains complete bibliographic data on each title and a listing of the counties that have a particular text.