Library Trends 36 (3) Winter 1988: Automating Intellectual Access to Archives


Library Trends 36 (3) Winter 1988: Automating Intellectual Access to Archives. Edited by Anne J. Gilliland.

The development of automated systems independent of library and other information systems and the ability to use the processing capabilities of computers to improve intellectual access to the contents of archival collections, began in the 1960s. Recent developments, the cumulation of two decades of debate and experience, indicate that it is now time to reevaluate the state of archival automation and its relationship to other information systems. These include the availability of inexpensive, powerful microcomputers and commercial and custom-designed archival software. The most notable and influential development, however, is the USMARC format for Archival and Manuscripts Control (AMC), which has become the professional standard for recording in machine-readable form descriptive data on archival collections. This Library Trends issue looks at some of these new developments and their implications, and attempts to establish the role of archival automation in the wider context of library and information systems.

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