At a time of continuing growth for small publishers, this study was designed to answer questions related to the availability of reviews and library holdings of small press books. The investigators took a random sample of 1980 books from Small Press Record of Books in Print, searched for reviews of the books in three indexes, and consulted the OCLC database for holdings records. The data collected indicate that (1) almost half of the books received one or more reviews, (2) a small core of journals accounted for the majority of reviews, and (3) a significant relationship existed between the number of reviews a book received and the number of libraries owning that book. The findings suggest that information on the books of small publishers is more readily available than has been assumed.
This description and short history of The Indian National Bibliography concludes with proposals for its future prepared after a study by the author undertaken at the request of the government of India.
The record structure used to represent holdings data in an online catalog must be designed so that the data put into the record are suitable for the various types of output to be derived from those data. The library systems maintenance format for holdings data should be organized in a way that is logical for the staff who are creating and maintaining the data. The format should be structured so that it may be manipulated for appropriate output, with the internal organization in the computer being a secondary concern. In this paper the relationships between data input and output are explored, and the record structure for the holdings segment of the Triangle Research Libraries Network online catalog is described briefly.
Electronic publishing is a topic of vital interest to the future of libraries. In this review of recent literature on electronic publishing, key researchers, issues, and trends are identified. Predictions about the rate of technological change and the likely impact on libraries are explored. Related concerns about technological change and copyright, newspaper production, and the publishing industry are discussed briefly.
This article examines the traditional technical services functions and how they may change with the advent of widespread computer-based electronic publishing. The emphasis is on how technical services will have to adapt in an electronic publishing environment rather than on the details of electronic publishing technology. The implications of electronic publishing for library management and budgeting are also explored.
In the next few decades, electronic publishing promises substantial changes in pat-terns of publishing and library organization. Trends in electronic editions, on-demand publishing, and online publishing are reviewed, and potential effects on library services and organization are discussed. Electronic publishing will tend to increase the emphasis on professional versus clerical tasks and public services versus technical services.
This paper explores some of the problems that will confront librarians and scholars in a paperless society. Researchers have long been able to advance knowledge because of the stability of information preserved in the printed word. They will be denied this legacy with paperless information systems because data banks, stored in computers under the control of the commercial sector, can easily disappear or be significantly changed. An unplanned transition to electronic communication systems can seriously undermine scientific and scholarly communication and alter the role of libraries.