The Future of Card Catalogs: Report of a Program Sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries

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Association of Research Libr, 1975 - Book catalogs - 67 pages
 

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Page 7 - A practical way out of the difficulty will probably be reached by printing in book form large portions of the card catalogue (subject groups or country groups or accession-period groups) and removing from the public catalogue the corresponding card entries.
Page 62 - RECON Working Task Force. Conversion of retrospective catalog records to machine readable form; a study of the feasibility of a national bibliographic service; prepared by HD Avram.
Page 7 - ... inevitable consequence of the work already accomplished in recording the Library's collections has been the growth of the Library's catalogs and, in particular, the growth of the Public Catalog. This Catalog, which on April 1, 1942 contained an estimated 5,925,000 cards, had grown by June 30, 1944 to include an additional threequarters of a million cards. Such a rate of growth threatens the efficiency of a tool, the mere size and complexity of which may well interfere with its usefulness. A related...
Page 6 - I could talk all day on this because this was a four year project, but I am not going to do that. I am going to give you an example of what we did for one patient.
Page 41 - British experience persuaded me of is that we really give the users more information than they need. It was easy enough to do when we printed everything on the card, one card after the other off the same die.\ You do not have to do that anymore. For purposes of locating materials, which is really what most of our users want, you do not need all that stuff.
Page 60 - ... when queuing occurs at a terminal; 2) where no terminal has been installed; 3) when reliance on batch processing would result in serious delay; 4) when certain types of browsing must be done. And, of course, the back-up device is a safeguard in the event that the machine system is not operating for some reason.
Page 37 - In fact, with some kinds of computer searching you do not have to deal with concepts of single points of entry; most of the general search programs do allow you to search word by word.
Page 7 - ... American libraries through the use of Library of Congress printed cards. The reference work done in preparation for our printed cards has resulted in a standard of cataloging, accepted as authoritative by hundreds of other libraries, which has saved them considerable amounts in annual cataloging costs. An inevitable consequence of the work already accomplished in recording the Library's collections has been the growth of the Library's catalogs and, in particular, the growth of the Public Catalog....
Page 7 - Policy, outlined a program for the future development of the Library of Congress general catalogs.

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