Northwestern University library's locally developed automated support system, NOTIS, operational since 1970-71, is described with particular attention to technical services aspects. Both internal applications and relevance to projected national networking developments are considered. NOTIS supports the full range of processing operations from acquisitions, including claiming, through cataloging and on-line serials check-in, to production of punched cards for the on-line self-service circulation system. From the viewpoint of both economy and efficiency, the system serves local needs effectively while maintaining adaptability for future demands.
As the percentage of budgets spent on standing orders increases, a review ofstanding orders is needed. Three ways to conduct such a review are the utilization of (1) subjective judgment, (2) circulation records, and (3) a more comprehensive, primarily objective system incorporating all important factors. This paper describes a methodology for the third type of review in the form of a point system that rates titles according to: support of university programs, interlibrary loan availability, language, price, frequency, access by analytics, indexes, or abstracts and circulation, followed by results of the application of the system to a sample of 109 titles.
A temporary budgetary curtailment was the precipitating factor in one small special library's decision to participate in two national exchange programs. The planning process and the procedures that were established to get started in exchange activities are described, and the methods for evaluating the degree of success of these activities at the end of the first year are explained.
A library's subscription profile should reflect the needs of library clientele, but creating such a profile can require extensive clerical work. It was found that a subscription agent's computerized facilities could be used to facilitate a program of this type by providing initial serial listings for use in a survey, by manipulating data obtained from such a survey, and by producing listings identifying resulting serial titles and costs according to requesting disciplines. The data base thus created is updated as subscriptions are added or deleted so that the profile remains current.
A comparison of the Bradfordian ranking of journals by their production of papers in a subset of the psychological literature with the same journals ranked by quality of papers as judged by their frequency of citation shows no significant correlation. Quality is more closely related to circulation and to the journal's rejection rate.
A summary of a survey of the use of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) in libraries of the United States and Canada is presented. Eighty-five percent of all libraries in the United States and Canada use DDC; of these at least 75 percent use the most recent full or abridged edition. Librarians wish to have DDC revised continuously, but they do not want the meanings of numbers changed. Any assistance that can he provided in the application of DDC is welcome. Most of the larger libraries do not believe that the current index provides sufficient assistance. Divisions needing revision are listed with an index number reflecting priority. DDC is seen to be warmly regarded by librarians in general and by public service librarians in particular.
Bibliographical problems caused by geographic names in subject cataloging are examined with a view toward determining procedures for establishing correct headings when changes of name occur and deciding upon the type of provisions to he made in subject catalog maintenance. Examples of typical changes of geographic names in Africa and suggested information cards for the subject catalog are provided.