An IBM 360/50 computer and magnetic tape are used in a new university library to produce a map catalogue by area and up to six subjects for each map. Cataloguing is by non-professional staff using the Library of Congress "G" schedule. Author, title, and publisher are in variable length fields, and codes are seldom used for input or interpretation. Machine searches by area, subjects, author, publisher, scale, projection, date and language can be carried out.
Library automation in the United Kingdom has evolved rapidly in the past three years. Imaginative, innovative development has produced novel techniques, some of which have yet to be put into practice in the United States. Of greatest importance is the growing cadre of highly effective librarians engaged in development.
Describes the characteristics, performance, and potential of SKED (Sort-Key Edit), a generalized computer program for creating sort keys for MARC II records at the user's option. SKED and a modification of the IBM S/360 DOS tape sort/merge program form the basis for a comprehensive program for arranging catalog entries by computer.
United States and United Nations publications were not efficiently processed nor readily available to the reader at Brandeis University Library. Data processing equipment was used to make a list of this material which could be referred to by a computer produced KWIC index. Currency and availability to the user, and time and cost efficiencies for the library were given precedence over detailed subject access. United States and United Nations classification schemes, and existing bibliographies and indexes were used extensively.
A description of modern telecommunications devices which can be useful in inter-library communications, including their capacities, types of signals and carriers. Described are telephone lines, radio roadcasting, coaxial cable, microwave and communications satellites. This article, and the one following, were presented as tutorials by the authors to participants at the American Library Association's Atlantic City Convention on June 25, 1969.
A preliminary report on planning for network design undertaken by the Reference Round Table of the Texas Library Association and the State Advisory Council to Library Services and Construction Act Title III Texas Program. Necessary components of a network are discussed, and network transactions of eighteen Dallas area libraries analyzed using a methodology and quantitative measures developed for this project.