ERIC Number: ED200242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Materials Processing: Centralized Versus the Individual School, A Continuing Controversy.
Martin, Barbara; Smith, Earl P.
A two-part survey was conducted in a large school district to determine the kind and extent of centralized versus individual school materials processing. Processing included both the cataloging and the physical preparation of materials, which would be done either at the centralized school district facility or by the staff in the individual secondary school library. Issues to be investigated centered on short-range and long-range implications. Short-range implications focused on: (1) processing costs, (2) catalog card sources, (3) administrative personnel attitudes, (4) time lapse in receiving materials in the schools, and (5) the effects of centralized processing for the school librarians. Long-range implications looked at the cost effectiveness of central processing, the acceptability of a general classification scheme to individual libraries, and the effects of centralized processing on library service efficiency. A questionnaire based on these implications was developed and sent to 17 secondary school librarians, and an interview was conducted with the School Library Department Consultant. Results indicated that processing costs for individual schools in terms of professional/clerical time was much greater than for centralized processing, and that there was little or no delay in getting materials shelf-ready from the district service center. References are included. (Author/BK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. School of Education.