ERIC Number: ED245696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Nonbibliographic Machine-Readable Data Bases in ARL Libraries. SPEC Kit 105.
This document is one of ten kits distributed annually by the Systems and Procedures Exchange Center (SPEC), a clearinghouse operated by the Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Studies (ARL/OMS) that provides a central source of timely information and materials on the management and operations of large academic and research libraries. The document presents the results of a 1984 SPEC survey on the use of nonbibliographic machine-readable databases in 34 ARL libraries along with related primary source documents. The most common access to nonbibliographic databases is through online vendors: 31 of the 34 respondents mentioned this as a source of machine-readable data. Twelve libraries acquire their own databases, but only four have collection development policies for this area. All 12 have social sciences databases; 4 have science databases and 3 include humanities databases. Five libraries handle or store their own databases; 10 share responsibility for the databases with computer centers or other campus units. More than half of the respondents went beyond offering referrals or online retrieval from major vendors. In addition to the SPEC survey results, this kit contains two committee and task force reports, two examples of manuals and descriptions, two reports on the use of nonbibliographic databases, and a list of selected resources. (DMC)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Databases, Library Administration, Library Automation, Library Guides, Library Surveys, Online Systems, Research Libraries, Use Studies
Association of Research Libraries, Systems and Procedures Exchange Center, 1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 (individual kits, $15.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Studies.