ERIC Number: ED325125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Administration of Library-Owned Computer Files. SPEC Kit 159.
Shaw, Suzanne J.
This document reports the results of a follow-up survey of 34 Association of Research Libraries member libraries which was conducted in 1989 to measure changes that had taken place in the administration of computer files (CF)--previously referred to as machine readable data files--since the original survey in 1984. It is noted that this survey purposely took a broader look at the topic, touching on all aspects from selection and acquisition through maintenance and preservation. The introduction begins by making a case for the library as the most appropriate place for storing and making such files available to users. It then summarizes the results of the current survey and briefly discusses several concerns voiced by survey respondents: (1) treatment of CF as any other format when acquiring and cataloging them is inappropriate; (2) the MARC bibliographic format for CF is inadequate; (3) preservation awareness is lacking; (4) the level of service is increasing; and (5) an overall view of CF is lacking. This kit contains the 1989 survey questionnaire and an analysis of the survey data, together with materials submitted by survey respondents. These materials include eight statements of policies and guidelines; two directories; two statements of cataloging policies and guidelines; two course descriptions; and six instructional guides. Institutions submitting materials were Colorado State University, Emory University, Indiana University-Bloomington, New York University, The Ohio State University, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, Stanford University, University of Florida, University of Houston, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Southern California, and University of Toronto. (16 references) (SD)
Descriptors: Cataloging, Databases, Information Management, Information Retrieval, Information Storage, Instructional Materials, Library Acquisition, Library Administration, Library Collection Development, Library Instruction, Library Role, Library Surveys, Longitudinal Studies, Optical Data Disks, Policy Formation
Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Services, 1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($20.00 per copy; subscriptions are available).
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Studies.