ERIC Number: ED096993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Innovative Designs for Acquisitions and Cataloging Departments as a Result of Library Automation.
Visits were conducted to 20 libraries, networks, or services in the United States, Great Britain, and Scandinavia to study the facilities and management techniques involved in the automation of cataloging and/or acquisitions departments. Of the total number of visits, 3 were made to public library situations, 3 to commercial services, and 16 to academic settings. Descriptions were made of the system at each library and its plans for change. It was concluded that most of the libraries observed were still very involved in designing and implementing the technical aspects of their systems and were not yet at the point of considering the implications of automation in terms of work flow and staffing changes. The one consistent departure from conventional work flow patterns was the separation of cataloging-with-copy procedures from catalog departments and making these procedures an intrinsic part of the acquisitions process. It is possible that in the future cataloging and acquisitions departments could be merged into a single technical services division whose computer and staff would handle all such processes. (Author/SL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH. School of Library Science.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain); United States