ERIC Number: ED403887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-26
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Technical Services and the World Wide Web.
Scheschy, Virginia M.
The World Wide Web and browsers such as Netscape and Mosaic have simplified access to electronic resources. Today, technical services librarians can share in the wealth of information available on the Web. One of the premier Web sites for acquisitions librarians is AcqWeb, a cousin of the AcqNet listserv. In addition to interesting news items, access is provided to bibliographic utilities, online library catalogs, the Library of Congress, some general reference sources, and other Web sites. Vendor and publisher home pages have become an excellent source for verification and collection development tools. Other online services to assist with the acquisitions process include a currency converter that provides the currency equivalents for American dollars, Canadian dollars, English pounds, and German marks. It is also possible to obtain digital alternatives to print copies for some titles. The dependence of the library community on shared cataloging makes it critical that catalogers abide by the same standards, which means using the Library of Congress classification system. In addition to Marvel, the Library of Congress Gopher, the Library of Congress has a home page on the Web which features a number of resources of interest to technical services. Another important resource for catalogers is the OCLC web site. While serials librarians will find many of the resources related to acquisitions and cataloging of considerable interest, there are also home pages with a distinctly serials focus. One of the best ways for technical services staff to have access to Web-based electronic resources is to create a technical services home page. For librarians, the Web is no longer a novelty, it is quickly becoming an indispensable tool. A list of 33 URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) for selected technical services sites on the Web is also included. (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Cataloging, Classification, Information Networks, Information Sources, Internet, Librarians, Library Acquisition, Library Technical Processes, Online Searching, World Wide Web
Electronic version: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/untangle/
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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