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ERIC Number: ED355962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Pages: 40
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A Summary of the Online Public Access Catalog Merger between the Library of the Franklin University and the Columbus Ohio Metropolitan Library and an Analysis of the Intralibrary Loan Relationship.
Maxwell, James D.
Cooperation between different types of libraries to increase ease of patron access was not capable of great strides until the technological advances of the mid-1980s. Writers in the field are reporting increased pockets of activity, but also say that traditional ideas, such as pride of ownership or fear of future results from fixed commitments, are still deterring many possible cooperative efforts. Steps leading to the merging of the cataloged items to an online system by an academic library and a public library are summarized. This cooperative effort by the Franklin University Library in Columbus (Ohio) and the Columbus Metropolitan Library (Ohio) resulted in the formation of a cooperative network that has ignored the myths and overcome the barriers. This paper tracks the results of intralibrary loan transactions for parts of two trimesters (4 months in total) to determine the quantity and classifications of materials being utilized. Findings reveal that the academic library was loaning a greater number of books into the system than in-house patrons were borrowing from the public library collection, to the extent of almost seven-to-one. The director of the Franklin library is not displeased to see the materials being loaned, reasoning that it is rewarding to see the materials being used and that this provides excellent public relations. Four figures illustrate study findings. (Contains 22 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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