ERIC Number: ED035427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
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Availability of Bibliographic Information. II. Titles for the Medical School Library.
McNamara, Mary E.
For a 120 day search period 209 titles representing the acquisitions of a medical school library and 55 selected from this total suitable for a hospital library were studied in relation to the availability of bibliographic information from the two major sources, National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Library of Congress (LC). Data were compared for, (1) titles for which information was available the day the book was received at Wayne State University Medical Library (WSUML), (2) titles for which information was available only after the book was received and (3) the availability pattern which developed during the search period. In addition, the WSUML monthly acquisitions list was judged for its usefulness to the community as far as speed was concerned. The study showed that, (1) LC consistently publishes bibliographic information earlier than NLM - two months earlier in the case of the 209 sample and one month earlier for the 55 sample, (2) the decision to use either LC or NLM as the principal source can be based largely on the number of titles to be cataloged at the end of the search period, (3) a new factor - that of the cost of searching and of typing cards as opposed to the purchase of printed cards - becomes important and (4) the alerting service of WSUML compares favorably with that of "Current Catalog." (Author/JB)
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Sponsor: National Library of Medicine (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Medical Library.