ERIC Number: ED221204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Australian Newspaper Index Feasibility Study. Development of Resource Sharing Networks. Networks Study No. 13.
This study of the need for and feasibility of creating an Australian newspaper index comprises a brief historical background; an outline of the current position regarding access to newspapers, including the international scene; an assessment of the need for an Australian newspaper index; recommendations on the breadth and depth of subject coverage required for an index and the range of primary source material to be included; reasons for the failure of previous Australian newspaper indexes; recommendations regarding the physical form of the index, the level of indexing, and the responsibility for its compilation; an estimate of production costs; and a discussion of possible means of cost recovery. A computerized index with subject coverage of specified types of news appearing in the final editions of nine Australian newspapers is suggested. A supplementary section provides the text of a 1977 proposal by Thomson Publications to initiate an Info-Key Index; a critique of this proposal; and recommendations for short-term action based on one of three options--the Thomson index, a cooperative index produced by a consortium of Australian libraries, or an index commercially produced by Bell and Howell with or without participation by Australian libraries. (ESR)
Descriptors: Abstracts, Computer Output Microfilm, Cooperative Programs, Feasibility Studies, Foreign Countries, Indexes, Indexing, Library Cooperation, National Libraries, Newspapers, Online Systems, Publishing Industry, Subject Index Terms, Thesauri
Sales and Subscriptions Unit, National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia ($3.75).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Library of Australia, Canberra.