Abstracts

LRTS v 32, no. 2, April 1988

The National Coordinated Cataloging Program

Henriette D. Avram and Beacher Wiggins

The National Coordinated Cataloging Program is a formal system in which selected research libraries follow agreed-upon practices for creating national-level bibliographic records. The resulting records will be contributed to the Library of Congress database and distributed, via the Linked Systems Project, to OCLC, Research Libraries Group, and West-ern Library Network member libraries and, on tape, to MARC Distribution Service subscribers. Details and implications of the program and the pilot project, planned to begin in 1988 to test its merits, are described.

Automating Preservation Information in RLIN

Betsy Kruger

Efforts of the Research Libraries Group to use its automated bibliographic database, RLIN, to support both cooperative and individual member library preservation efforts are examined. Two areas are explored in depth: enhancements that made item-specific preservation information retrievable from RLIN records by highlighting microform information and facilitating searching; and proposals and efforts to code condition information in the database. Recent Library of Congress-sponsored efforts to develop preservation data elements for the MARC communications format are examined briefly.

Effective Collection Developers: Librarians or Faculty?

David L. Vidor and Elizabeth Futas

The 1977 and 1983 collection development activities for a professional school 's library collection were analyzed to determine if faculty members or librarians were more effective book selectors. Emory University's School of Business Administration library collection was selected as the test site because the researchers believed that such a collection should contain the traditional academic materials as well as the more popular materials useful to the practitioner. Effectiveness was measured in two ways: by comparing the number of titles selected at Emory in each year with the titles on the Baker list published by the Harvard Business School and a list compiled, from reviews in popular business journals; and, by comparing the circulation of the books purchased.

Collection Development in Foreign Literatures at Medium-sized Academic Libraries

Rebecca Schreiner-Robles

A small body of research exists in the library literature on collection development of foreign literatures at large research libraries, but very little is found for medium-sized academic libraries. A study was conducted of collection development methods for French, German, and Spanish literatures at twentv-nine medium-sized university libraries. Results indicate that bibliographers at these libraries depend on inadequate reviewing sources and domestic approval plans for developing these literatures. A comparison of selection methods revealed that bibliographers depend on faculty requests for foreign literature purchases to a much greater extent than for domestic purchases. Increased awareness of foreign approval plans, reviewing sources and book-dealers as well as more active bibliographer participation in selection for foreign literatures is recommended.