In 1991, the Schurz Library and Learning Resource Commons introduced the integrated IU online catalog system, IUCAT. This important step in the library’s transition from analog to digital helped to precipitate a number of changes, starting with easier borrowing from other IU libraries and local processing of library materials at regional campuses. Computer terminals and then PCs were added to provide access to online databases. The library’s first website was launched in 1995.
When Library Director James Mullins departed in 1996, Michele Russo took over as Acting Director. She was appointed Director in 1998. Kim Parker became supervisor of the Learning Resource Commons in 1991.
Beginning in 1998, the Learning Resource Center became a textbook adoption site, receiving new materials from publishers being considered for statewide adoption in Indiana public schools. This enabled the LRC to provide a wide range of materials on every subject at no cost and encourage more use by local educators.
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Last reviewed: 08/2021