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The big news this month was the collapse of negotiations between OCLC and the Research Libraries Group RLG. More precisely, it was the decision by the RLG board to discontinue the negotiations.
OCLC has always been a farsighted institution. Only ten years after its successful North American venture in providing online cataloging support to Ohio libraries more than ten years before the official introduction of the European Economic Community, OCLC opened an office in the United Kingdom....
Discusses the history, present state, and future, of libraries ingeneral and the OCLC in particular. Considers the current extent of theOCLC database and how it is expected to grow further, librarianssupport of and doubts about OCLC, the governance of OCLC, and the stepsOCLC must take to meet...
Reports on the issues raised in the OCLC Users Council meeting of1991. Discusses the changing roles of special, academic, and publiclibraries, OCLC finances and alliances, MAPS acquisition and services,the Z39.50 technical standard, the progress of PRISM and the newnetwork, and other business of...
Examines PASSPORT script files from the point of view of the enduser and the problems that may be encountered. Discusses scriptcomponents, script file modification, enhancing PRISM scripts, fileauthorisation, and using Setup to create individual OP files.Illustrates these functions with program...
Discusses the introduction of EPIC as an opportunity to use OCLC asmore than a verification tool. Considers the methods and problems ofsearching through EPIC by subject. Concludes that keyword subjectsearching as it exists in EPIC is a complement to traditional subjectheading searching, but is...
Considers the various methods used to bring accountability intointerlending, and the problems these methods have caused to librarystaff. Discusses invoicing, coupon exchanges and the potential solutionof reciprocal agreements. Concludes that invoicing is not guaranteed topay its own way, and...
Discusses how the implementation of PASSPORT has made switchingbetween services easier in one particular library system. Considersspecific softwarehardware specifications, the creation of a new logonscript, and the solution to a problem of software installation.Concludes that PASSPORT has made...
Describes the problems encounterd installing OCLC Terminal Softwareand PASSPORT, at Tulane Medical Center Library. Discusses the problemscreated by the new M386sx equipment, by trying to run PASSPORT on aNOTIS hardware configuration, and the solution program to both problems.Surmises that the...
Examines the problem of using CAT ME Plus in conjunction withSELIN spine labels and how the problem was solved at VirginiaCommonwealth University. Describes the develoment of the solution usingthe Turbo Pascal program LABELS.PAS, how Pascal works with CAT ME Plus,and CAT ME export to disk files.
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