ERIC Number: ED338253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Machine-Readable Data Files at Rutgers: A Preliminary Report of the Task Force on Numeric Data in Machine-Readable Form.
Langschied, Linda; And Others
The Task Force on Numeric Data in Machine-Readable Form at Rutgers University Libraries was formed in February 1991. The group was made up of librarians representing all of the Rutgers campuses and areas of library services such as public services, collection development, and technical services. The charge to the task force was to: (1) recommend collection development policies related to numeric data in machine-readable form; (2) recommend appropriate levels of service; (3) determine the training and skills needed to provide service; (4) recommend policies on access and hardware; (5) recommend policies on cataloging; and (6) recommend a plan for implementing these recommendations. The task force's recommendations in these areas are included in this paper, as are certain key recommendations which are highlighted at the outset of the report. These key recommendations include creating a Machine-Readable Data Files (MRDF) Committee, forming a university-wide network to be known as RUNet, providing immediate action to address Government Printing Office (GPO) data in the libraries, and investigating the possibility of centralizing data services. Appended to the paper are the collection development policy statement for MRDF, a collection profile of MRDF, and descriptions and names of scientific data sources. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. Univ. Libraries.