Several recently established national programs are evaluated from the point of view of the practicing librarian. It is essential that we be aware of the consequences of adopting these programs, and that planners and librarians communicate adequately.
Library literature generally assumes that COM is better suited to staff rather than patron use applications. This paper describes a COM serials holdings list intended for patron use. The application and conversion from paper to COM are described. Emphasis is placed on the selection of an appropriate microformat and easily operable viewing equipment as conditions of success for patron use.
As more academic and public libraries have some form of bibliographic description of their complete collection available in machine-readable form, public service librarians are devising ways to use the information for better retrieval. Research at the Ohio State University tested user response to paper and COM output from selected areas of the shelflist. Results indicated users at remote locations found such lists helpful, with some indication that paper printout was more popular than microfiche.
This paper describes a project designed to improve services to library users by solving, through the application of operations research methods, a complex problem of delivery of library materials in an urban, multisystem library service region. Unique features, methodology, results, and limitations are discussed.
This paper describes a user-interactive system for the selection and display of pictorial information stored on microfiche cards in a computer-controlled viewer. The system is designed to provide rapid access to photographic and graphical data. It is intended to provide a library of photographs of planetary bodies and is currently being used to store selected Martian and lunar photography.
The inverted index file is a frequently used file structure for the storage of indexing information in a document retrieval system. This paper describes a novel method for the computer storage of such an index. The method not only offers the possibility of reducing storage requirements for an index but also affords more rapid processing of query statements expressed in Boolean logic.