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Options for Delivering and Accessing Bibliographic Information. Magda El-Sherbini Head, Cataloging Department Ohio State University Libraries Library Council Technical Services Retreat Mohican Resort and Conference Center April 1-2, 2008 [email protected] Background. Budget

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Options for delivering and accessing bibliographic information

Options for Delivering and Accessing Bibliographic Information

Magda El-Sherbini

Head, Cataloging Department

Ohio State University Libraries

Library Council Technical Services RetreatMohican Resort and Conference Center

April 1-2, 2008

[email protected]


Background
Background Information

  • Budget

  • Streamlining the process and workflow

  • Shifting resources

  • Downsizing technical staff

  • Redefined quality of cataloging in particular

  • Consortia and networks

  • Multiple systems


Current mechanism for processing and delivering information

No matching found Information

1) Create new

2) Update holding

Search OCLC WorldCAT

OCLC WorldCAT

Record found, update holding

No bib record found in OPAC

Export record to OPAC

Search OPAC

Bib found, add copy or vol.

OPAC

Current mechanism for processing and delivering information

Start Here


Questions
Questions Information

  • Is the current model that includes library OPAC’s, bibliographic utilities and the consortia offer the optimal solution for the library of the 21st century?

  • Can libraries streamline their mechanisms used to deliver and access information? Are libraries making the best use of today’s technologies?

  • Are libraries comfortable with these scattered services, assuming that users are provided with the best service?


Some assumptions
Some assumptions Information

  • Search engines and the Internet are here to stay.

  • Search engines could be a new form of bibliographic utility with more flexibility and accessibility.

  • Internet use will increase in the future.



Scenario 1 consortia oclc worldcat search engines
Scenario 1 InformationCONSORTIA/OCLC WORLDCAT/SEARCH ENGINES

Google/Yahoo! and other search engines

OCLC WorldCAT

Consortia

Library

Workstation


Figure 12: Information


Scenario 2 oclc worldcat search engines
Scenario 2 InformationOCLC WorldCAT/SEARCH ENGINES

Library

Library

Library

OCLC

Google/Yahoo! and other search engines


Google Information

Yahoo! and other search engines

Search and Find

Patron

Request

OCLC Resources Sharing

Lend or Borrow


Scenario 3 local opac search engines
Scenario 3 InformationLOCAL OPAC/SEARCH ENGINES

Library OPAC

Library OPACA

Library OPAC

Google/Yahoo! and other search engines


Google/Yahoo! Information

and other search engines

Scenario 4OPACs/OCLC WORLDCAT/SEARCH ENGINES FOR PRINTED MATERIALSREPOSITORY/SEARCH ENGINES FOR DIGITAL MATERIALS

Library OPAC for print materials

Library Repository for digital materials

OCLC WorldCAT


Scenario 5 opac repository search engines
Scenario 5 InformationOPAC/Repository/Search Engines


Conclusion

Options presented here are intended to initiate a debate and discussions in the library community.

Until now we have focused most of our attention on streamlining internal operations. e.g. technical and public services.

What makes this scenario exciting is that libraries are in a good position to provide full text access to some materials that exist in digital formats

search engines as the Earth’s Largest Library”?

CONCLUSION


Conclusion cont
Conclusion Cont… discussions in the library community.

  • By eliminating the middle steps of creating, accessing and retrieving information via intermediaries, such as regional consortia and costly OPAC’s, libraries might realize substantial savings that could be diverted to enrich bibliographic records that form the foundation of the current bibliographic structure.

  • One of the key questions is whether librarians can envision a future without the OPACs, the consortia, and bibliographic utilities, and embrace the major Internet


Thank you
Thank you! discussions in the library community.


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