ERIC Number: ED185991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Automated Authority File at the National Library of Canada.
Clement, Hope E. A.
This paper discusses the current resurgence of interest in authority files and describes the automated authority files of the National Library of Canada. Factors contributing to this interest in such files include cooperative programs between libraries, the development of international standards, and the impact of computer technology and telecommunications. An automated authority file can result in great savings in time and money, as well as maintaining file integrity while allowing flexibility for local usage. The National Library of Canada, which has always had manual authority files, currently uses a batch mode authority system. A pilot project online authority system, DOBIS (Dortmunder Bibliothekssystem), is now operating at the National Library and the Canada Institute of Scientific and Technical Information for the production of a union list of serials and for reference activities. Completion of the pilot program is expected in September of 1979 with expanded use of the system planned for the year's end. The DOBIS system has been designed to provide decentralized access to all catalogs and files; it is a fully integrated system incorporating cataloging, catalog search, circulation, acquisition, and information retrieval functions. (RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Authority Control (Information); Canada; Dortmunder Bibliothekssystem
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (45th,, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 27-September 1, 1979). For related documents, see IR 008 333-344. Legibility varies.