LRTS v 33, no. 2, April 1989

On the Nature of Acquisitions

Joe A. Hewitt

Underlying traits of acquisitions departments arising from operational roles and the perceived nature of the function are examined. The paper attempts to demonstrate that recognition of role-conditioned attributes and frames of reference of technical service units can lead to expanded concepts of coordination and more sensitive management practices.

Networks and School Library Media Centers

Phyllis J. Van Orden and Adeline W. Wilkes

This descriptive, exploratory study of school district media centers belonging to at least one multistate, multitype library network addresses the impact of networks on collections and technical services. A questionnaire was used to survey members' insights into the benefits and barriers of networks; the implications of networking on cataloging, classification, and processing practices; interlibrary loan patterns; and resource sharing.

Form Headings in Subject Cataloging

Barbara L. Berman

Form headings are useful and they could be more useful if they were applied more predictably and if there were more of them. Many libraries need form headings that do not coincide with those of the Library of Congress. For more predictable usage, the Library of Congress should clarify and publicize its own usage of form headings. This would enable other libraries to follow its practice more easily and would also provide a starting point for those that wish to cooperate in compiling standardized alternatives. To fill the need for form headings not considered suitable for inclusion in LCSH, specialized standardized lists could also be compiled.

RLIN CJK versus OCLC CJK: The Illinois Experience

Karen T. Wei and Sachie Noguchi

CJK online cataloging is a computer-assisted system designed to handle Chinese, Japanese, and Korean vernacular languages. RUN and OCLC are the two online cataloging networks presently operational in the United States that have CJK enhancements. The Asian Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had an unique opportunity to use both systems as an RUN CJK member and as a test site for OCLC CJK. Features such as hardware, software, searching methods and display, inputting methods, database, card production, membership, authority file and thesaurus, and cost are compared and discussed. Some possible and desirable improvements are suggested for both systems as a result of the evaluation.