ERIC Number: ED175472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Computer Output Microform (COM) Catalog Requirements for the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries.
White, Robert L.
Generated as the result of the deliberations of the COM Catalog Advisory Work Group, which depended heavily on a review of the available literature, individual analysis, and group discussion, this report is intended as a general planning document for Virginia Commonwealth university libraries concerning their possible implementation of a COM (computer output microform) catalog. Attention is given to the advantages and disadvantages of a COM catalog, building a library data base, strategies for conversion, closing the card catalog, COM catalog format and frequency of update, film type and format, and problem areas. Special importance is placed on listing the following types of requirements for a COM catalog: general, bibliographic records, film format, and microform readers. In addition, recommendations for dealing with potential problem areas are presented, as well as a general implementation schedule. Included are appendices on retrospective conversion (SOLINET), bibliographic record formats, library location designations, estimated card catalog maintenance costs, a framework for cost-benefit analysis, design for a catalog use study, statistical projections, film format (roll film vs. fiche), and measures of COM catalog effectiveness. A selective bibliography on COM catalogs is also provided. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond.