ERIC Number: ED080117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
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The Development of a Computerized Regional Library System. Final Report.
Kilgour, Frederick G., Comp.; Davis, Hillis D., Comp.
The purpose of the research and development described in this report is to implement and operate an on-line, computerized regional library system that makes available to faculty and students in individual colleges and universities the library resources throughout a region, while at the same time decelerating the rate of rise of per-student library costs. The major intellectual problem solved in the course of the investigation was the design of on-line computer files of bibliographic records and a technique for efficient retrieval of bibliographic data from the files employing derived, truncated search keys. The research and development culminated in the successful implementation of an on-line union catalog and shared cataloging system. A variety of libraries, large and small, had demonstrated that not only could the system slow the rate of rise of per-student costs, but also could effect net savings for libraries. The conclusions of this report are that the Ohio College Library Center (OCLC) system does make available library resources throughout a region to individuals at a participating institution, that it decelerates the rate of rise of per-student costs and can effect net savings, and is transferrable to other regions. (The appendices are LI 004 423 through LI 004 428.) (Author/SJ)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., Dublin, OH.