ERIC Number: ED336109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Files and the Research Library.
Johnson, Margaret; And Others
This report on a machine-readable data files workshop highlights unresolved issues related to innovative approaches to collecting, describing, and providing service for computer files in research libraries. The remarks of four of the workshop speakers are presented. Margaret Johnson of the University of Minnesota gives a comprehensive review of collection management and development issues, from understanding the medium to training bibliographers. Anita Lowry of Columbia University introduces the Electronic Text Service, which she describes as probably the first research-library-based research and instructional facility devoted to machine-readable humanities texts. Lynn Marko of the University of Michigan describes her library's ground-breaking project to catalog Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN) data files from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Finally, Katherine Chiang of Cornell University presents a detailed checklist of the skills and expertise required to provide access to computer files, beginning with selecting the computer file and ending with assisting patrons in data extraction. Concluding the report are the workshop agenda, a list of the workshop attendees and their mailing addresses, a summary of the workshop discussion results, and summaries of six projects: (1) "Computer Files in the Research Library: Issues of Collection and Access" (Cornell University): (2) "Capturing Information about Machine-Readable Files in the Humanities" (Dartmouth College); (3) "Progress in MRDF: The Machine-Readable Data File Project" (University of Florida); (4) "Policy Development for the Acquisition of Machine-Readable Data: A Demonstration Project" (Northwestern University); (5) "Covering the Bases: Executive Summary" (New York University); and (6) "Providing Local Access to Machine-Readable Data Files: Choices and Tradeoffs" (University of Pennsylvania). (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Cataloging, Classification, Computer Networks, Databases, Higher Education, Information Retrieval, Library Collections, Library Services, Policy Formation, Records Management, Research Libraries, Workshops
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research Libraries Group, Inc., Mountain View, CA.
Identifiers: Research Libraries Information Network
Note: Proceedings of an Invitational Machine-Readable Data Files Workshop Stanford, CA, 1989). Edited by Constance C. Gould.