ERIC Number: ED221170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Cooperative Catalog Conversion Study. Final Report.
Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co., Washington, DC.
Cost estimates provided by cataloging vendors during January 1981 are analyzed to identify the costs of catalog conversion options and alternatives to the card catalog for six Minnesota regional library systems. Following an executive summary of the study is a discussion of its background, scope, objectives, data gathering methodology, and analytical approach. The activities and alternatives associated with library catalog conversion (including catalog and file maintenance, current cataloging, retrospective conversion, and library cooperation) are examined and the non-personnel costs of cataloging alternatives (retaining the present system, developing an online or computer output microform system, or the use of OCLC or Mini MARC data) are outlined. Personnel costs are then reviewed, with discussions of present cataloging methods, the productivity of alternatives, and staffing requirements. A comparison of total costs, a consideration of collective versus individual actions, and a summary of study recommendations are presented, and the tasks involved in conversion planning are described. Specific conversion costs for the Crow River, East Central, Kitchigami, Northwest, Lake Agassiz, and Viking Library Systems, and for a six-region cooperative, are outlined. A request for bids for a microform catalog and a comprehensive set of cost tables accompany the text. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.; Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.
Authoring Institution: Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Catalog Conversion; Mini MARC; Minnesota; OCLC; Vendors
Note: Performed through the Six Minnesota Regional Library Systems Catalog Study Advisory Group.