ERIC Number: ED211093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Potential Uses of OCLC in a Cooperative System and in Non-Cataloging Functions.
Dedrick, Anthony J.
Conducted to determine optimal system designs for cooperative use of an OCLC installation by small libraries, this study developed a comprehensive planning model by formulating the OCLC system, identifying variables that might affect online cooperative cataloging ventures, and developing techniques to measure them. These activities were integrated into an initial planning model which was then field tested at the Auraria Libraries and the Learning Materials Centers of the Community College of Denver North and Red Rock Campuses. Model revisions resulted in a system design for sharing a single OCLC installation. Specific findings of the study are presented in five sections: (1) an outline of OCLC's present and projected services and systems, hardware and software, and support materials; (2) a list of variables that can affect a cooperative system; (3) a list of measurement and documentation methods to quantify and explicate the variables; (4) a planning model and list of specific objectives; and (5) a summary and analysis of the field testing including costs and time savings, cataloging sources, and updating automated circulation databases, and the planning model output, which consists of two potential system designs. A flowchart and various data collection forms are included. (RBF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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