ERIC Number: ED337182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Management of CD-ROM Databases in ARL Libraries. SPEC Kit 169.
Welch, C. Brigid, Ed.
This kit is based on 73 responses to a survey conducted by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Office of Management Services to obtain information on the management of CD-ROM database installations in ARL libraries. The survey sought information in the areas of CD-ROM funding, instruction and publicity, organization, equipment, security, selection, and staffing. It was found that the respondents each had an average of 15 workstations, some with more than one database per station. The majority of respondents (96%) indicated that subscriptions to CD-ROM databases are paid for, at least partially, out of acquisitions budgets. Libraries have also obtained funding from gifts, grants, and academic departments. The majority of respondents do not charge for CD-ROM searches or for printing, although several charge patrons for CD-ROM searches conducted by a librarian. All of the respondents provide some form of instruction for CD-ROM database users; the majority also publicize the availability of their CD-ROM databases. Most CD-ROM workstations are located in the reference department or near the collection for which they provide access. Twelve libraries are using local area networks (LANs) to connect multiple workstations. Materials submitted by the respondents and compiled in this kit are policy statements from nine research libraries; selection policies from six institutions; database descriptions from nine institutions; staff operating procedures manuals from two institutions; instructional materials from 10 institutions; instructions for downloading files from eight institutions; publicity materials from eight institutions; job descriptions from three institutions; and a list of 13 selected readings. Introductory materials include a summary of the survey results and a copy of the questionnaire with a tally of the responses to individual questions. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Databases, Higher Education, Library Administration, Library Automation, Library Statistics, Library Surveys, Optical Data Disks, Questionnaires, Research Libraries
Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Services, 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($20.00 prepaid plus $5.00 for postage and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Studies.