ERIC Number: ED221174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Initiatives Toward a Bibliographic Communications Network for Canada = Vers L'Establissement d'un Reseau de Communication Bibliographique au Canada.
Durance, Cynthia J.
This paper provides an update on the status of library systems development in Canada and describes the new initiatives which the National Library is undertaking cooperatively with other institutions to facilitate the development of a nationwide decentralized bibliographic communication network. In order to place current network initiatives and the leadership role of the National Library in perspective, the highlights of library automation in Canada over the last two decades are reviewed. The role of the National Library in network development is then recounted, with emphasis on the various task groups which have taken part in specific activities. The characteristics and differences between closed and open library/information networks are also discussed, and major steps which have been taken toward implementation of a decentralized Canadian library network are outlined, and the importance of specific committees and interest groups in network implementation is stressed. (Author/JL)
Descriptors: Communications, Decentralization, Developmental Programs, Foreign Countries, Information Networks, Library Automation, Library Networks, Library Role, National Libraries, National Programs, Online Systems, Program Development, Program Implementation, Shared Services
Minister of Supply and Services, Ottawa, Canada (SN12-1/2-1982).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Library of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).