ERIC Number: ED336094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Missouri Statewide Bibliographic Database on CD-ROM.
Niemeyer, Mollie D.
In 1988 the State of Missouri became involved in a project to develop a statewide bibliographic database in which a CD-PAC (a library catalog contained on CD-ROM) of the machine-readable records available from all types of libraries was produced. This study was conducted to assess the impact of the Missouri Statewide Bibliographic Database (MCAT), along with the use of ALANET for communications, and to report the findings. A questionnaire was mailed to all recipients of the initial database. The 166 responses received accounted for 70.3% of the total population. Based upon the information supplied by the users, it is evident that the MCAT is being used, although the extent of that use varies. It is noted that both the size and type of the library in question affects the degree of MCAT use. While smaller libraries without a wealth of other resources welcome the MCAT as a useful tool, it is the public libraries that comprise the majority of users. The primary reason given for non-use was the lack of necessary equipment. It is also observed that statewide databases are under consideration in other states. Missouri has been among the pioneers to implement a statewide bibliographic database, and its assessment will aid the Missouri State Library in planning future developments. A copy of the survey instrument and comments from the survey respondents have been provided. (33 tables) (Author/MAB)
Descriptors: Bibliographic Databases, Electronic Mail, Library Automation, Library Cooperation, Library Statistics, Library Surveys, Machine Readable Cataloging, Online Catalogs, Optical Data Disks, Shared Library Resources, State Programs, Telecommunications, Union Catalogs, Use Studies, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Missouri State Univ., Warrensburg.