By Caroline Arms
A glance at how ten American schools and Universities bridged the distance among computing, administrative, and library organisations
distinctive case stories from ten American faculties and universities will arrange you to make higher plans and judgements for an digital library, built-in details administration process, or unified info source. you can find versions and guidance protecting reference companies, most recent philosophies and techniques, administration and association concerns, supply mechanisms, and more.
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The resource-sharing services, however, are intended to make data available when and where users need them, although they also help libraries contain costs of borrowing materials from their peers. Interlibrary lending is the most obvious example of sharing resources. Libraries can see from the online union catalog which institutions hold a particular title, since holding symbols are attached to the bibliographic record. But the third major OCLC subsystem, introduced in 1979, facilitates interlibrary loan further.
These records are delivered back to the libraries on magnetic tapes so that the libraries can enter them electronically into their online catalogs. Some special programs are offered to assist libraries in cataloging their materials. For example, OCLC operates a Major Microform Set Project. Under this program, a library or cooperating group of libraries catalogs a complete set of materials issued on microform, perhaps the Spanish Drama of the Golden Age set. Then, the bibliographic records OCLC Online Computer Library Center /45 for the dramas in the set are merged into the database individually, but they also can be acquired as a set, so that, with one transaction, a library can catalog each item in the entire set of over four hundred titles.
Refer ence librarians can show a user which databases are appropriate and guide a user through a search, just as they would with the print equivalent. New databases and information services on compact disk are appearing monthly, many of them derived from print publications or databases previously available online. The technology, usually known as CD-ROM (for Compact Disk ReadOnly-Memory) when used as a storage medium for computers, encodes digital information by creating minuscule pits and bumps on a metalcoated plastic disk.