Introducing and Managing Academic Library Automation Projects

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Managing the Use of Automated Bibliographic Databases in the Cataloging Department

Christine E. Thompson

The introduction of automated bibliographic databases, such as Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN), UTLAS International (now CATSS), and Western Libraries Network (WLN), revolutionized the process of cataloging and created an entirely different approach to the management of cataloging. Workflows changed dramatically in an effort to take advantage of the benefits of using computerized cataloging. Staffing requirements and levels of responsibilities were also changed dramatically in order to allow catalogers more time for original cataloging and research and to allow support staff a greater sense of accomplishment and creativity in their positions.

The additional sources for automated cataloging that are more cost-efficient for smaller libraries that cannot afford the major bibliographic utilities may be of questionable value for larger research libraries. CDMARC Bibliographic allows a cataloger to access the Library of Congress catalog via CD-ROM. Commercial companies can supply libraries with other CD-ROM products, such as Bibliofile from Bro-Dart. Approval vendors like Blackwell North America send acquisitions librarians a disk or tape, which is a compilation of bibliographic records corresponding to the approval titles sent to the library as a part of the approval plan profile.

Large academic libraries will need to consider carefully the usefulness of the above-mentioned catalog record sources before starting to use them in conjunction with their holdings. For a community whose researchers range from a post-

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