Interview with Joseph F. Boykin, October 22, 2016

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:04 - Path to librarianship and career at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Joseph F. Boykin, Dean of Libraries at Clemson University from 1982 to 2006.

Segment Synopsis: Joseph F. Boykin is introduced. He talks about his brief career as a teacher before he learned about the field of library science. He talks about the job opportunities available when he graduated, and his choice to work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He talks about the temporary Head Librarian at the university, and talks about being promoted to the position himself in 1968.

Keywords: Assistant to the Head Librarian; College courses; Construction; Dean of Libraries; Degrees; Florida; Florida State University; Head Librarians; High schools; Job opportunities; Job positions; Leave of absence; Men; Promotions; Teachers; Teaching; University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Wages

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; Education; Library science.

GPS: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Map Coordinates: 35.303556, -80.732381
00:08:28 - Automation at the Clemson University Library

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Partial Transcript: And then, uh, when I was at forty years old I--a couple jobs came open.

Segment Synopsis: Boykin talks about why he chose to leave UNC at Charlotte to become the Library Director at Clemson University. He talks about the challenges and opportunities waiting for him at Clemson, including the automation of the circulation system and card catalog. He talks about some of the positive and negative reactions to this automation.

Keywords: Automation; Budgets; Buildings; Card catalogs; Challenges; Circulation systems; Computers; Construction; Interviews; Jobs; Library directors; Mainframes; Northwestern University; Online; Opportunities; Southeastern Library Network, Inc. (SOLINET, now part of LYRASIS); Space; Students; Technology

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College facilities.; Library finance.; Technological innovations

GPS: Clemson University
Map Coordinates: 34.678333, -82.839167
00:17:29 - Resistance to automation

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Partial Transcript: W, why, why do you think that some faculty were not on board with this?

Segment Synopsis: Boykin talks about why some faculty members were resistant to the library's automation. He talks about their eventual acceptance of electronic copies of journals. He discusses the relationship between automation and consortia.

Keywords: Acceptance; Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL); Attitudes; Automation; Changes; Consortium; Electronic journals (e-journals); Online; Paper copies; Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL); Resistance; Responses; Sharing; Statewide; Strategies;   KUDZU (ASERL Consortium)

Subjects: Academic libraries.; Consortia.; Library cooperation.; Library resources.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

GPS: Clemson University
Map Coordinates: 34.678333, -82.839167
00:23:01 - OCLC Users Council

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Partial Transcript: Well a, a little bit ago you were talking about, uh, SOLINET.

Segment Synopsis: Boykin talks about the early days of SOLINET and their relationship with OCLC. He talks about the organizational structure of OCLC, including the Board of Trustees and the Users Council. He talks about being elected chairman of the Users Council in 1977, and how the group was treated by OCLC.

Keywords: Animosity; Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL); Attitudes; Board of Trustees; Board of Visitors; Chairman; Frank Grisham; Issues; Meetings; Nominations; President; Purpose; Recommendations; Relationships; Restructuring; Southeast libraries; Southeastern Library Network, Inc. (SOLINET, now part of LYRASIS); University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Users Council;   Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC)

Subjects: Academic libraries.; Consortia.; Library cooperation.; Library resources.

00:33:19 - Early days of ASERL

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Partial Transcript: Well, let's, let's talk a little bit about, um, your involvement with, with ASERL.

Segment Synopsis: Boykin talks about his early involvement with ASERL, and his role in the organization. He talks about their early meetings, and his idea to discuss topics and issues in a less structured manner. He talks about the schedules for these meetings in Hilton Head and why they were eventually moved from that location.

Keywords: Annual meetings; Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL); Car dealerships; Chairman; Charleston (S.C.); Clemson University; Cooperation; Executive directors; Golf; Guest speakers; Issues; John Berger; KUDZU (ASERL Consortium); Library deans; Library directors; Mariner's Inn; Memberships; Organizational structure; Problem solving; Remote storage facilities; Responsibilities; Shared storage; Talking; Topics; Wife; Women;   Southeastern Library Network, Inc. (SOLINET, now part of LYRASIS)

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; Consortia.; Hilton Head Island (S.C.); Joint-use libraries.; Library cooperation.; Library resources.

GPS: Hilton Head Island (S.C.)
Map Coordinates: 32.178889, -80.743056
00:45:31 - Ideas about the future of technology when he was a student

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Partial Transcript: So I, I'd like to talk a little bit, um--we, we, we've talked about automation and, and how that's really, you know, changed the whole landscape of library services...

Segment Synopsis: Boykin talks about the technology classes he attended while in library science school. He talks about how library card catalogs were copied before the advent of photocopiers and how this technology revolutionized the process. He talks more about the resistance to new technology, and the evolving role of libraries due to new technology.

Keywords: Attitudes; Automation; Born digital; Card catalogs; Catalog cards; Challenges; Changes; Computers; Data; David Ferriero; Electronic journals (e-journals); Issues; Photocopiers; Preservation; Reference services; Responsibilities; Students; Trust

Subjects: Academic libraries.; Library cooperation.; Library resources.; Library science.; Technological innovations

00:56:26 - Cooperative acquisitions

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Partial Transcript: So, sort of, you know, keeping on the, you know, theme of, you know, where li, libraries are and what, what you see for the, for the future...

Segment Synopsis: Boykin talks about the importance of actually taking into account usage data when developing collections. He talks about the idea of libraries within a region cooperating when creating collections in order to avoid unnecessary overlap, thereby saving money and space.

Keywords: Access; Buildings; Buying; Collection development; Customer service; Future; Heritage; Preservation; Saving; Services; Sharing; Usage data

Subjects: Academic libraries.; Consortia.; Joint-use libraries.; Library cooperation.; Library resources.

01:02:00 - Career accomplishments

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Partial Transcript: So, um, I mean you've had a long and illustrious and active--

Segment Synopsis: Boykin discusses what he believes are his greatest accomplishments, including his work on the OCLC Users Council, the creation of PASCAL, and updating to an integrated library system. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Achievements; Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL); Board of Trustees; Circulation systems; Consortium; Credibility; David Cohen; Integrated library systems; Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL); President; Resource sharing; Staff; Tom McNally; Users Council; Viability;  Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC)

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; Consortia.; Library cooperation.; Library resources.