ERIC Number: ED195276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep-15
Reference Count: N/A
Linking the Bibliographic Utilities: Benefits and Costs. Technical Report.
Smalley, Donald A.; And Others
This study of the benefits, methods, and costs of linking two or more bibliographic utilities for use by public and academic libraries assessed the impact of linking on three distinct areas of library operations: shared cataloging, interlibrary loan, and reference searching. The analysis was restricted to bibliographic records for monographs in the OCLC, RLG/RLIN, WLN, and Library of Congress databases. The findings and analyses of data are presented in two parts. The effects of linking on libraries and their patrons are discussed, and detailed analyses of the benefits of linking are provided for each of the three areas studied in the first part. The second focuses on the technical requirements for establishing a link and three promising alternatives are identified: tape exchange of requested records, online access using the "native mode" of the linked utility, and online access with automatic translation of searches and responses. Requirements for developing each of these alternatives are described and comparisons are made. A summary of conclusions and recommendations concludes the report. Appendices include supporting data, a glossary, more detailed discussions of several topics, and a summary description of the BIBLINK model. A bibliography and several reference lists are provided. (RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Battelle Memorial Inst., Columbus, OH. Columbus Labs.