ERIC Number: ED180485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Library Catalogue Automation: Cost-Benefit Factors.
Matthews, Fred W.
This paper describes an automated card catalog system, developed for the Dartmouth Regional Library in Nova Scotia, which uses records of selected fixed-length fields; it is proposed as a prototype for a system meeting the needs of a public library system with a collection size of about 100,000 items. The costs of operating a catalog system based on MARC-type records and one using selected fixed-length fields are compared, and the factors which contribute to the approximately ten times lower cost of the selected system are outlined. Included in the document are a table showing the content of the record, a figure giving the page format for the author and subject catalogs, and a systems flow chart. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A