ERIC Number: ED225600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
North Carolina Library Networking Feasibility Study.
Griffiths, Jose-Marie; King, Donald W.
This report presents the results of a feasibility study of statewide multitype library networking in North Carolina. Potential network functions, products, services, sources, and costs are covered, but questions of network governance, management, and funding are not directly addressed. The report begins with background information and a description of computing and related communications technologies as used in libraries. Reasons for library network failure are discussed as well as the North Carolina library environment. A conceptual framework for North Carolina networking activities is outlined based on networking configurations known as zones of convenience (ZOC's). Also outlined are North Carolina library needs and networking alternatives using the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET), OCLC, and/or other systems. An economic analysis of library alternatives for cataloging, interlibrary lending, and circulation and other technical processing functions is provided as well as a series of cost models with unit cost figures. These models can be used by individual libraries, groups of libraries, or centralized services to evaluate possible network activities. The report makes 14 recommendations on library networking and delineates implementation activities for the next 5 years. An executive summary, a 20-item bibliography, and two appendices containing supplementary material are provided. (Author/ESR)
Descriptors: Cataloging, Cost Effectiveness, Cost Estimates, Feasibility Studies, Interlibrary Loans, Library Automation, Library Circulation, Library Cooperation, Library Networks, Library Services, Library Technical Processes, Models, Online Systems, Statewide Planning, Telecommunications, Unit Costs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Carolina State Library, Raleigh.
Authoring Institution: King Research, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Identifiers: North Carolina; OCLC; Southeastern Library Network