ERIC Number: ED241063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: N/A
OCLC Use by Library Clusters. Illinois Valley Library System OCLC Experimental Project Report No. 5.
Bills, Linda G.
A project was conducted from 1980 to 1982 to examine the costs and benefits of OCLC use in 29 small and medium-sized member libraries of the Illinois Valley Library System (IVLS). Academic, school, public, and special libraries participated in the project. A major project objective was to determine whether the sharing of an OCLC terminal by two to five libraries in close geographic proximity could significantly cut costs and yet provide acceptable service. This report describes specific cluster work arrangements for cataloging and interlibrary loan, including cataloging at the host library; cataloging from printouts; cataloging by the host library; conducting part of the cataloging procedure at the guest library and the rest at the host library; limiting interlibrary loan activity to lending of materials requested via OCLC; lending and borrowing through the host library; lending and borrowing by the guest library; and dial access interlibrary loan use and shared use of a portable terminal. Financial and physical considerations of these cluster arrangements are described as are the reactions of librarians and staff. It is concluded that clustering provides a good way to introduce libraries to OCLC use, but that any cluster arrangement will probably result in quest libraries deciding, if at all possible, to purchase their own terminals. Appendices present statistical information on project libraries, a map of IVLS, and a sample IVLS/OCLC cluster agreement form. (ESR)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Valley Library System, Pekin.; Illinois State Library, Springfield.