ERIC Number: ED242323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Online Searching in SUNY Libraries.
Root, Christine; Glogowski, Maryruth
Data concerning online searching in the State University of New York (SUNY) Library System was obtained from a 50-question survey of the 63 SUNY libraries conducted in March 1983. A total of 52 surveys were completed. It was found that: 18 campuses offered inhouse online search services to their patrons, 15 additional campuses offered access to online searching through a New York State Library pilot project, and 10 campuses were planning to implement online search services in the near future; the SUNY libraries performed 27,942 searches during the 1981/82 academic year (excluding LEXIS searches and other searches performed by end users); over half (56%) of all the searches reported were performed by the four health sciences/medical centers offering online search services; BRS was the system used most often by 11 campuses and DIALOG was used most frequently by 7 campuses; and more than a quarter of a million dollars was paid last year by SUNY libraries to database vendors. This publication presents survey results covering library online searching policies and procedures, the organization of online search services, training of search analysts, database and vendor usage, use of online services for ready reference, equipment used, and online searching budgets. Definitions of terms used in the survey, a directory of survey participants and the online systems they use, and a sample questionnaire are also provided. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York Librarians Association.