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Comparative costs of converting shelf list records to machine readable form

Journal of library automation [March 1968]


Abstract: A study at Michigan State University Library compared costs of three different methods of conversion: keypunching, paper-tape typewriting, and optical scanning by a service bureau. The record converted included call number, copy number, first 39 letters of the author''s name, first 43 letters of the title, and the date of publication. Source documents were all of the shelf list cards at the Library. The end products were a master book tape of the library collections and a machine readable book card for each volume to be sued in an automated circulation system.

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Publication Year:1968
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Journal of library automation
Publication Info:Volume 1 Number 01
Issue:March 1968
Publisher:Information Science and Automation Division
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Notes conversion methods of Southern Illinois University; John Hopkins University.

Conclusions: (1) conversion costs are a small part of overall automation system implementation. (2) no significant difference between in-house keypunching and the use of an external service bureau, but the use of paper-tape typewriter process is more expensive. (3) Consider the use of an outside organization for large-scale conversion projects (4) getting along without portions of the shelf list for a limited time poses no major problem.

Libraries: Michigan State University
Subject: Retrospective conversion
Punch card systems
Record Number:1965
Last Update:2023-11-02 17:31:00
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00