ERIC Number: ED235813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-3
Reference Count: 0
Circulation System to Online Catalog: The Transition at OSU.
Van Pulis, Noelle
This paper describes the development of an online public access catalog from a limited-purpose online circulation system at Ohio State University (OSU) and the negative and positive aspects of this transition. It is noted that the online system, known as the Library Control System (LCS), was designed to be fully operational in July 1982. Steps in LCS development from November 1970 to 1981 are presented in chronological order. Four problems with LCS are then discussed: (1) LCS is a full online catalog for only 20% of OSU titles; (2) the card catalog must still be used to obtain full records of pre-1974 and non-Roman alphabet materials; (3) LCS has design problems related to terminal operation, the use of complicated search keys, and the interpretation of different types of online displays, primarily because it was originally designed for staff use only; and (4) the gradual development of LCS and resulting system changes have necessitated much retraining of staff and library users. A brief discussion of LCS advantages follows, noting that LCS provides circulation status information for each title, remote access to the library catalog, the opportunity for economically feasible catalog change and expansion, and functions that speed technical service operations. Sample online records and searches are provided. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ohio State University; Online Catalog
Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the District of Columbia Library Association (Washington, DC, November 3, l981).