A model to calculate the costs of automated cataloging systems is developed. The model is based on the use of cataloging copy found in a system's data base. A system that provides acceptable cataloging copy for a high percentage of titles searched may afford economies by offering the option of trading higher-cost professional positions for para-professional positions. The costs derived by the model for two systems, OCLC and BALLOTS, are compared to the costs of an existing manual system.
Libraries are currently assessing their roles in the evolving national bibliographic network. In general, greater emphasis is now placed on the utilization of library collections than was true a few years ago. This paper discusses the employment of campus-based document delivery systems to improve access to documents. Experiences gained in different campus environments are summarized. The benefits accrued and problems encountered in introducing a personalized campus delivery system are presented.
This paper describes the on-line union list file currently being developed by the University of Pittsburgh and other libraries of the Pittsburgh Regional Library Center. Present procedures and future plans are described. The on-line format for local data records agreed upon with OCLC is reported. It is expected that concepts worked out for the Pitt/PRLC on-line union list records will be precedent setting for other future on-line union list efforts.
A frequently observed difficulty of file access by truncated search keys is the large number of items sometimes retrieved. A simple, efficient means of elaborating upon the truncated search key approach so as to compensate for this difficulty is reviewed and a test of the method described. It is found that the hybrid approach does substantially reduce the number of items retrieved.
A catalog containing more than one million entries (1.3 million cards) of the Division of Library Service at Western Kentucky University has been produced in computer output microfiche (COM) format. This catalog, developed from locally produced machine-readable records, contains full bibliographic information in an author/title and subject heading arrangement. A brief overview of the procedures followed and the format is presented.
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