CLSI, Inc., has added a conversions services group to its organization, dedicated to delivering complete data base conversion services to libraries. Utilizing a mainframe computer with over six million MARC title records and the official Library of Congress authority files, which are updated weekly, the conversions staff achieves very rapid searching of the master data base for record matching and processing of large data files. The group has developed sophisticated validation and correction procedures for loading the records. These verification routines also facilitate rapid "debugging" of a data base with damaged records or files.
Headed by Marilyn Carney, Manager, Conversion Services, the original four-person staff has had over 40 years experience in planning and implementing bibliographic conversions at The Computer Company, Richmond, Virginia. The group was recently expanded to eight and is currently managing a complete retrospective conversions project from both machine-readable records and shelf cards for a large new CLSI consortium. The conversions group provides authority processing, data base clean-up services, patron record conversions, and item/barcode conversions.
[Contact: CLSI, Inc., 320 Nevada Street, Newtonville, MA 02160; (617) 965-6310.]