Magazine article American Libraries

Governing Board Directs RLG to Consider Big Changes

Magazine article American Libraries

Governing Board Directs RLG to Consider Big Changes

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Governing board directs RLG to consider big changes Significant changes, including consideration of the suspension of cataloging, acquisitions, and ILL using the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN) union catalog, are on tap for the Research Libraries Group (RLG)

At its Mar. 7-8 meeting the RLG board of governors directed management to pursue a "series of changes that will concentrate on activities where corporate leverage is greatest." The board's announcement listed those activities: bibliographic access to archival holdings, computer files, and visual materials; specialized data resources and management services; and products and services to speed and enhance information delivery.

"It makes such good sense for the entire library community," said Thomas Shaughnessy, university librarian at the University of Minnesota and RLG governor, referring to the possibility of RLG libraries migrating technical services activities to OCLC. "A single national utility is a step toward connectivity, especially when we're talking about NREN [National Research and Information Network] and standards."

A librarian familiar with senior management deliberations at both national utilities told AL about the potential impact of a suspension of the RLIN catalog: "The largest libraries will feel the least pain; they were moving toward using their local systems, like GEAC and NOTIS, anyway. …

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