ERIC Number: ED398911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Decision-Making for Automation: Hebrew and Arabic Script Materials in the Automated Library. Occasional Papers, Number 205.
It is generally accepted in the library world that an automated catalog means more accessible data for patrons, greater productivity for librarians, and an improvement in the sharing of bibliographic data among libraries. While the desirability of automation is not a controversial issue, some aspects of automating remain problematic. This article surveys the automation options available to libraries with Hebrew and Arabic script collections. It also examines the automation decisions that different libraries worldwide have made about automating such collections, particularly considering how their choices relate to overall prioritization and needs assessment at the institution. A library may choose to Romanize the cataloging data, to use nonRoman script cataloging, or to implement combinations of both. Standards and case studies are provided for each. Appendices contain sample machine-readable catalog records. (Contains 140 references.) (Author/BEW)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Bibliographic Databases, Decision Making, Library Automation, Library Catalogs, Library Collections, Library Development, Machine Readable Cataloging, Needs Assessment, Non Roman Scripts, Online Catalogs, Research Libraries, Romanization, Semitic Languages, Shared Resources and Services, Standards, User Needs (Information)
Occasional Papers, The Publications Office, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 501 E. Daniel St., Champaign, IL 61820 ($10 plus $3 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Graduate School of Library and Information Science.