|Title:||Serial Publications In Large Libraries: Machine Applications
|Author(s):||Hammer, Donald P.
|Subject(s):||Serials control systems
|Abstract:||While many areas of library operations can be improved or even
radically transformed by automation, the one area that probably stands to
gain most, and needs the most help, is serials. It has been well known for ages
that the irregularity and inconsistencies of serials can unhinge any librarian,
but a new revelation of the automation age is the unhinged computer
programmer. It is unfortunate that the irrationality of publishers of serials
requires the best efforts of the librarian, the programmer, and the computer
to bring some semblance of order to the publishers' bibliographical world.
Since we cannot, however, unscramble the publishers, we will have to sacrifice
librarians and programmers.
There is not much that the librarian can do about erratically published
journals, arbitrarily combined issues, whimsically numbered issues, or
capricious title changes. Unfortunately, the computer cannot do much about
these things either, but it can keep track of them and maintain order with a
little less chaos than the humans have done. Perhaps someday all of the
publishers will automate their processes, and then the millennium will have
arrived at least for computer manufacturers. In the meantime, librarians and
computer programmers working and communing in the joys of togetherness
can do much to develop and to maintain a serials world slightly short of the
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In W.C. Allen (ed). 1969. Serial publications in large libraries. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 120-145.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (16th : 1969)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1969.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-17