As I mentioned in my post last week, we said thanks and goodbye to Frank Austin who after thirty years decided to pack it all in and go fishing. For those of you who dont know him, he’s the guy below (Frank is the one on the right, the one on the left is barely past his teens).
Franks’s farewell included an entertaining presentation about his life, expertly researched (and some of it made up) by Civica staff. In the following paragraphs I’ve included some images and information that we dug up to use in Frank’s Civica Story…
Frank joined AWA on 1 April 1982. AWA was the “Civica” of the ’80s. That’s the AWA building to the left – just like Paris. Prior to joining, Frank worked for the South Australian Advanced Education Computer Network (SAENET) that was part of the South Australian Institute of Technology (SAIT), now the University of South Australia. Frank co-authored the LOIS system for automated acquisitions in 1980.
Frank started his library life as a cataloguer, and, despite his best attempts to get away from it, the library catalogue has always been a key feature in his work. It started from the systems maintenance he provided in the role as a librarian in his early years and extended to the development, training and implementation that he has provided for customers as part of his varied Civica roles. Frank was the first in a long line of librarians to work in what started as the “URICA” team.
Frank was closely involved in the expansion of the URICA system into Circulation, Acquisitions, Online Public Access and Serials Control. He was regularly called upon to test new releases of software and review documentation. He was as challenging to the customer as he was to his technical colleagues.
His role has seen him travelling around Australia and far across the globe, from Adelaide to Robe to NZ, Singapore, Malaysia, US.
Frank has shown a never ending commitment to success, which is integral to the Spydus success story to this day.
We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his service and dedication to Civica and Spydus.