ERIC Number: ED095817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
British Library Systems Development: The National and International Environment.
Coward, Richard E.
The systems approach is being applied to the re-organization of the United Kingdom Library system. The core functions to the national library organization are: (1) reference; (2) lending; (3) bibliographic services; and (4) general planning associated with the development of a national library and information system. Despite the immense potential of the institution, it has almost equally big problems. The Public Library community recently consolidated over 380 separate library authorities into 115. Each faces the problem of assimilating different systems into a new administrative and bibliographic unit. In spite of this turbulent scene, the British Library (BL) community hopes to develop a program providing both scientific information services and bibliographic services. The BL objective is to provide a reservoir of bibliographic records. To accomplish this objective, the systems approach will anticipate the development of the International MARC Network and do everything possible to ensure that records coming through this network can be found and used with as little modification as possible. (WCM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Library, London (England). Research and Development Dept.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)