Magazine article American Libraries

Technically Speaking

Magazine article American Libraries

Technically Speaking

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OCLC Watch

From preservation to access. OCLC's Preservation Resources division now offers digital scanning of microfilm, the indexing of scanned images, and the distribution of those indexed and digitized images in a variety of electronic media, such as CD-ROM and tape. These new services augment the microfilming services that Preservation Resources has offered libraries since 1985.

After Preservation Resources became a division of OCLC in 1994, it began working on digital access to microfilmed material. These efforts have now resulted in its new digital-scanning and image-indexing services for the library community.

Preservation Resources' R&D efforts, as well as their preservation production facilities, are located in a 17,150-square-foot facility that OCLC describes as "the most technically sophisticated micrographic operation in the country." The high-resolution, computer-controlled microfilm cameras have a production capacity of over 14 million frames per year.

All of Preservation Resources' activities are based on the assumption that microfilm is the preferred medium for preservation, but that digitized images made from micro filmed material and stored in the appropriate electronic medium are the preferred method of access.

As Preservation Resources President Meg Bellinger puts it, "By first creating a preservation microfilm, and then scanning, both preservation and access goals are effectively met."

Any library that owns existing micro filmed material and wants to offer electronic access to that material is a potential client for Preservation Resources, as is any library that would like to convert print material it owns to microfilm. Costs vary depending on the quantity of work to be done and the visual and physical quality of the material.

For more information contact Meg Bellinger at 800-773-7222, e-mail her at, or visit

UnCIPing on the fly. OCLC has developed a new program to more speedily upgrade LC Cataloging in Publication (CIP) records in the Online Union Catalog (OLUC).

Through an agreement with the book wholesaler Academic Book Center, professional catalogers from OCLC have been stationed at Academic's processing center in Portland, Oregon, where they are upgrading some 3,000 CIP records per month in the OLUC to full MARC as newly published materials arrive.

"We hope that other book vendors will join Academic Book Center in facilitating the flow of bibliographic information from publisher to library to end user through OLUC," said Martin Dillon, director of OCLC's Library Resources Management Division. So how about it, vendors? Help OCLC put some flesh on those bony CIPs!

For more information contact Nita Dean at 800-848-5878 or e-mail her at The exact upgrade specs can be viewed on OCLC's home page: http://www/

Format integration: Is your vendor ready? OCLC will be implementing the final phase of MARC format integration on Mar. 3. No longer will a library be limited to choosing only one format for each bibliographic record added to the OLUC. Is that CD-ROM map product you want to catalog a computer file? A map? A serial? Ponder no more: Come Mar. 3 it can be all three. Is this cataloger's nirvana, or what?

Along with this long-awaited change, OCLC will enhance searching, allowing users to qualify a derived search by either the primary format of the record, by the format of the secondary characteristic, or by the accompanying material of the item.

For more information contact Linda Gabel, format integration product manager, at 800-848-5878; e-mail her at; or visit OCLC's home page:

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