ERIC Number: ED313053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Network Approach to Non-Print Media Cataloging for Schools: A Report of an Indiana Department of Public Instruction and Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA) Project Using the OCLC System. Final Report.
Alexander, Janice E.; Markuson, Barbara Evans
This report describes a demonstration of cooperative cataloging of nonprint media in a network environment. The project was jointly managed by the Indiana Department of Public Instruction and the Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA), a state-wide multi-type library network. Staff at large school library media centers in Indiana were trained to catalog nonprint media to national standards including full Library of Congress MARC tagging. They were, in effect, decentralized cataloging nodes in the OCLC system, with INCOLSA staff doing database searches and actual catalog card production. Of 7,495 titles cataloged, a hit rate of 70% was obtained and 1,240 original cataloging records were added to the OCLC database. A decentralized, standardized approach to nonprint media cataloging was judged satisfactory by participants. Participants judged that the project had significantly increased their knowledge and skills in cataloging and MARC standards for nonprint media. The project led to five large school corporations converting to online network operation. Project recommendations include: increased school/network demonstrations, adoption of national standards for cataloging nonprint media by school library media centers, and the need for a feasibility study of a producer/manufacturer/distributor bibliographic control center to input cataloging data directly to the OCLC database. Analyses of data are displayed in six tables, and a sample workform, a production statistics form, a copy of the project evaluation questionnaire, and a report on a conference on critical issues in network development are included. (Author/SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Libraries and Learning Technologies (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority, Indianapolis.