A model for cost comparison of automated cataloging systems
Journal of library automation
Pierce, Anton R~Taylor, Joe K
Abstract: A model to calculate the costs of automated cataloging systems is developed. The model is based on the use of cataloging copy found in a system''s data base. A system that provides acceptable cataloging copy for a high percentage of titles searched may afford economies by offering the option of trading higher-cost professional positions for para-professional positions. The costs derived by the model for two systems, OCLC and BALLOTS, are compared to the costs of an existing manual system.