Best of LRTS Award

About the Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award
The Best of LRTS Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper published each year in the official journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, Library Resources & Technical Services.

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1997 Recipient(s)

Technical Services Workstations: A Review of the State of teh Art

Michael Kaplan LRTS, vol. 40, no. 2, April, 1996, pp. 171-183
Kaplan provides a definitive history of the progression of automation of cataloging processes, from the emergence of the MARC format and the bibliographic utilities to the current (and still developing) fully integrated cataloger's workstation. He chronicles the key players and major hurdles along the way. His article synthesizes a broad range of technical and professional developments and demonstrates how they have coalesced in an end project which has not only increased productivity but spurred innovation and entrepreneurialism among catalogers. His clear prose makes complex technical change comprehensible to all and builds a convincing case that the technical services workstations will have a demonstrably positive impact on catalogers' professional lives.