ERIC Number: ED090913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
A Management Information System for Serials and Continuations.
Olson, Nancy B.; Lester, Daniel W.
Cutbacks in funding and personnel required the Mankato State College Library to gain more effective control over its serials collection. The task was to integrate the various data, some unrecorded, on standing orders and serials holdings and to produce for the library directors specialized lists of many types: all titles ordered from a specific vendor, titles to be dropped, and other lists to satisfy administrative needs. In the interest of speed, it was decided to use a computerized system. The record format for serials was expanded from a two-card-per-unit-record system to one that allowed for multiple-line main entries and titles, locations, holdings, internal notes, subscription details, and other fiscal and cataloging information. Records are constantly revised as new, or more complete, information comes in. Along with the production of administrative data, the system can quickly generate lists for public and faculty use and to meet special requests. Lack of outside programing support for the project proved to be an asset, rather than a liability, for having the same person doing the programing and bibliographic work reduced manual checking and handling of data. The appendix includes sample materials generated by the system. (SL)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mankato State Univ., Minn.