ERIC Number: ED092149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of the Midwest Medical Union Catalog. Progress Report Number One.
Olson, Paul E.; Pletzke, Chester J.
A study was made of the effectiveness of the Midwest Medical Union Catalog (MMUC). The literature on union catalogs characterizes the objectives and procedures of such catalogs, but gives little reliable data about costs and rarely focuses on traffic. The objective of this study is to determine whether the cost of the MMUC is justified by its benefits and whether it does aid the cooperative efforts of the contributing libraries. The hypotheses, which will be tested, seek to compare the MMUC with the National Union Catalog, the National Library of Medicine: Current Catalog, CATLINE, and with the individual catalogs of the contributing libraries. In addition, it will be determined whether there is a relation between size of a contributing library and its ability to satisfy MMUC requests and whether some libraries can satisfy too few requests to be worthwhile. Current status and future goals of the study are reported. (WH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Library of Medicine (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Midwest Health Science Library Network, Chicago, IL.