ERIC Number: ED108704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of the Midwest Medical Union Catalog. Final Report.
Olson, Paul E.; Pletzke, Chester J.
A cost-benefit analysis of the 43-library, 260,000-title Midwest Medical Union Catalog (MMUC) of books, conducted from June, 1973, through May, 1975, under a grant from the National Library of Medicine, studied the 49-year-old catalog in the context of the interlibrary loan activity of the Midwest Health Science Library Network. The study tested the MMUC against other methods of locating materials and against the alternative of using a large backup library--the National Library of Medicine--to fill requests instead of routing requests through the network. The results of the hypothesis testing, a theoretical model of library cooperation, and eight evaluation criteria were applied to eight options for locational control of monographs. It was recommended that the network utilize existing or developing computerized data bases of monograph titles but that the current catalog be maintained at a minimum level until such time as these data bases provide the locational probability currently possible with the MMUC. Other recommendations pertaining generally to union catalogs are included. (Author/SL)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Library of Medicine (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Midwest Health Science Library Network, Chicago, IL.