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ERIC Number: ED399942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
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Computerizing the Chinese International School Libraries.
McMahon, Marilyn
This paper describes the computerization of the libraries in the Chinese International School in Hong Kong. The Infant, Junior and Secondary libraries, with a staff of three professional librarians, one library assistant, and one audiovisual technician, needed an automated system which could support their bilingual curriculum. Two computer systems were evaluated which could input both Chinese and English language materials, and the V-LIB system was selected. This system consisted of six modules: (1) cataloguing and enquiry; (2) serials; (3) acquisitions; (4) item control; (5) loans and circulation; and (6) MARC interface. Three other options were an online public access catalog (OPAC); ideographic capability that allows handling of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese scripts; and an image interface. Special features of V-LIB include customization; user friendliness; security; local support; training; enhancements; and CJK capability--the ability to input and display Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters. In the Secondary school, implementation of the cataloging module for both English and Chinese language materials took six months, and adding the OPAC and circulation modules required the rest of the year. Computerization of the Infant and Junior libraries will follow. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong