Abstracts

LRTS v 18, no. 3, Summer 1974

The Cataloging and Classification of Music on Phonorecords - Some Considerations

Robert Miles

Librarians should take their cue from discographers in the cataloging and classification of music on phonorecords. The basis of the catalog entry cannot always now, as traditionally, be the work performed as opposed to the record itself. Today, such music as jazz and rock dictates an approach that recognizes the record as inseparable from what is on it. The argument is developed by criticizing some current writing in the field and by using some specific examples of music on records.

The Closing of the Classified Catalog At Boston University

Margaret Hindle Hazen

The classified catalog at Boston University libraries is being discontinued. Although it has been a useful research tool, the classified catalog has proven too expensive to keep current. The library has, therefore, converted to a traditional alphabetic subject catalog and will receive catalog cards from the Ohio College Library Center through the New England Library Network. This change has required significant modifications in cataloging procedures and should result in improved service. Although the books represented in the classified catalog may eventually be assigned subject headings, two subject catalogs are being maintained at present.

Enlarging LC Copy: A New System

Ann K. Symons

The Xerox System 1.2.3., which makes contact size copy and enlarges copy, is described as utilized by the Oregon State University library.

Use of the Copy Cat Camera in Card Production at Princeton University Library

Ann M. Murphy

Princeton conducted an experimental program involving use of the Copy Cat camera. to extract National Union Catalog (NUC) copy to produce a master card when an actual Library of Congress card is not available. The device has proved satisfactory in terms of cost and quality of product, and has contributed significantly to a more efficient card production process.

Acquisitions in 1973

J. Michael Bruer

 

Book Discounts and Cost-Plus Pricing

David C. Andreson

The adoption of cost-plus pricing by a major book jobber may have profound effects on the discounts that libraries receive. The article explains the pricing system and presents a set of graphs for libraries to use to determine its effects. Under cost-plus pricing, libraries that order single copies of books with an average list price of 110.00 or less are likely to receive an average discount of about 5 percent. Ordering multiple copies increases the discount; however, very short discounts are likely to prevail for standing orders and books received on approval.

An Empirical Rationale for the Accumulation of Statistical Information

Robert W. Burns, Jr.

A point of departure for the collection and use of statistical information about a library's internal operation is presented. Several techniques for manipulating numerical data are suggested to achieve a better understanding of actual operations within the administrative unit being studied.

Automation at the Redstone Scientific Information Center An Integrated System

Jane F. Bentley and Leo J. Cooney

The design, implementation, and operation of an integrated on-line automated system are discussed as applied in a scientific and technical library. The system handles book ordering and receiving, cataloging, circulation, language control, and bibliographic retrieval; serials ordering and renewal, receiving and routing, holding records and binding data; patron and statistical control. All subsystems function interdependently.
This locally designed and implemented system handles open literature and patron control while the systems of the Defense Documentation Center and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are utilized for technical report literature through on-line cathode ray tube terminals for bibliographic citations and microfilm files of the re-ports themselves.

A Method for Quantitatively Evaluating A University Library Collection

Barbara Golden

The Acquisitions Department of the University of Nebraska at Omaha library completed on 27 October 1972 a quantitative evaluation of the library's book collection in relation to the course offerings of the university. The methodology used is explained and analyzed, and the benefits of the methodology for collection evaluation and building are discussed. The author concludes that quantitative research, while providing valuable information for collection evaluation, must be supplemented with qualitative evaluation.

Interlibrary Loan Analysis As a Collection Development Tool

Doles E. New and Retha Zane Ott

A study of the 1,434 interlibrary loan requests of the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) library covering the period 1 July 1971 to 30 June 1972 is described. An analysis of periodical article requests by departments and the frequency of titles requested was made. An analysis of books requested by departments and by broad Library of Congress classification was made. The findings reveal a wide range in departmental interlibrary loan requests and in frequency of periodical titles requested, and significant variation in classifications of books requested.

UCLA Library Task Force

Roberta Nixon

The University of California at Los Angeles library is using part of its staff in a special mobile Task Force group to work on system-wide projects directed toward the elimination of backlogs and toward development of improved manual and automated systems.