ERIC Number: ED086260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
National Aspects of Creating and Using MARC/RECON Records.
Rather, John C., Ed.; Avram, Henriette D., Ed.
The Retrospective Conversion (RECON) Working Task Force investigated the problems of converting retrospective catalog records to machine readable form. The major conclusions and recommendations of the Task Force cover five areas: the level of machine-readable records, conversion of other machine-readable data bases, a machine-readable National Union Catalog (NUC), an alternative strategy for RECON and general recommendations. It is concluded that: 1) full MARC (machine-readable cataloging code) format for machine-readable records is needed to distribute cataloging information, but that it is feasible to use less complete records for the NUC; 2) the projected cost of converting other machine-readable data bases are comparable to or less than those for the present per record MARC/RECON cost depending upon the method of updating; 3) data bases should be ranked by size and completeness of records; 4) standards should be established for reporting the form and contents of data bases; 5) automation of the NUC would cut time and costs and increase access points to the data. A centralized agency is recommended for large scale conversion activity of the retrospective Library of Congress records and other libraries. (JG)
Descriptors: Cataloging, Databases, Guidelines, Information Processing, Information Storage, Library Automation, Library Standards, Library Technical Processes, Magnetic Tapes, Union Catalogs
Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock Number 3000-00062, $2.75)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.