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Title:The economics of catalog conversion
Author(s):Gorman, Michael
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
Libraries --Economics
Library science --Data processing
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Abstract:The title of this paper is as daunting to the person who must deliver it as it probably is to those who must listen to it. The topic of catalog conversion is a scattered one; it is something that has been carried out in recent years in a variety of different institutions and in a number of different ways. Major studies, such as the RECON and CONSER studies, have been made but no single method has emerged as the best and most economical. As a result, although the literature of the subject is extensive, the hard statistical and economic data contained within that literature are conflicting and, of course, are constantly being falsified by technological advancements on the one hand, and the ever-present inflation in the Western world on the other. What I wish to do in this paper, therefore, is to sketch the processes involved in catalog conversion, and secondly to try to indicate the relative economic factors which apply to the various processes and strategies involved. I shall focus on one particular conversion project carried out within the British Library for which I had some responsibility, and I trust that this project will yield relevant information to librarians wishing to convert catalogs in the United States.
Issue Date:1976
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In The economics of library automation : papers presented at the 1976 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 25-28, 1976, ed. J.L. Divilbiss. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 122-132.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (13th : 1976)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1977.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-06-30

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