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ERIC Number: ED018236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Mar-4
Pages: 212
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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CENTRALIZED PROCESSING FOR THE PUBLIC LIBRARIES OF NEW YORK STATE, A SURVEY CONDUCTED FOR THE NEW YORK STATE LIBRARY.
Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
THIS SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE--(1) THE OPTIMUM NUMBER OF PROCESSING CENTERS FOR THE NEW YORK STATE LIBRARY SYSTEMS AND (2) THE BEST METHOD FOR DEVELOPING CATALOGS FOR THE LIBRARIES. MAJOR FINDINGS WERE--THAT CATALOGING DIFFERENCES AMONG THE SYSTEMS WERE NOT GREAT, THERE WAS A CURVILINEAR RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE NUMBER OF ITEMS PROCESSED IN A CENTRALIZED PROCESSING CENTER AND THE COST PER ITEM, 53.2 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL SPENT ON PROCESSING WAS SPENT BY THE SYSTEMS OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY WITH THE CITY ACCOUNTING FOR 46.8 PERCENT, AND LIBRARIES IN NEW YORK STATE SPENT OVER $5,000,000 TO PROCESS ABOUT 2,400,000 ITEMS, FOR AN AVERAGE TOTAL COST PER ITEM IN EXCESS OF $2.08. MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE--ONE CENTER FOR ALL PUBLIC LIBRARY CATALOGING AND ACQUISITIONS IN THE STATE, THREE CENTERS FOR PHYSICAL BOOK PROCESSING FOR UPSTATE LIBRARIES AND NO FURTHER CENTRALIZATION FOR PHYSICAL PROCESSING IN NEW YORK CITY, THE DEVELOPMENT OF A UNION CATALOG IN BOOK FORM FOR THE LARGEST LIBRARIES, A SERIES OF NINE REGIONAL BOOK CATALOGS FOR MEDIUM-SIZED LIBRARIES, PROVISION OF CATALOG CARDS BY THE STATEWIDE CATALOGING CENTER FOR THE REMAINING LIBRARIES, AND GREATER USE OF COMPUTERS IN THESE ACTIVITIES. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT $880,000 WOULD BE SAVED IF THE NETWORK IS EFFECTED. APPENDIXES GIVE INFORMATION ON PRESENT CENTRALIZED PROCESSING OPERATIONS, METHODOLOGY USED IN THE SURVEY ANALYSES, AND TECHNICAL DETAILS ON THE RECOMMENDED PROCESSING SYSTEM. A SUMMARY OF THIS REPORT APPEARS IN "BOOKMARK," MAY, 1966, PAGES 295-296. (JB)
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Authoring Institution: Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: New York