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Library software review [Spring 1996]


Copyright (c) 1996 Sage Periodicals Press

In my column at the beginning of each issue, I like to provide a few words about each of the articles. Although each author does an admirable job in treating his or her topic, I believe that it helps for me say something about why we selected the article or to provide some additional background information from my own experiences.

This issue of Library Software Review leads with a feature by Richard J. Wood on the Collection Analysis CDROM developed by OCLC and the Amigos Bibliographic Council. This product aims to help libraries analyze their book collections. It points out gaps in their holdings as well as areas of overlap with other libraries. The Heard Library at Vanderbilt University has been using this product for a number of years. We have recently greatly expanded its use by adding it to our CD-ROM network. Many of the bibliographers in our libraries now have access to this tool and make regular use of it in the collection development process. I was certainly pleased when Wood indicated his interest in writing an in-depth review of this product. His article gives a thorough description of the main features and capabilities of the Collection Analysis CD-ROM and gives examples of how it has been used in the Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University. Libraries that are members of OCLC should read Wood's article and consider whether the Collection Analysis CD-ROM can fit into their collection development process. Although the product is only available to OCLC libraries, others will benefit from the principles embodied by the program and may find other ways to perform a similar methodology and analysis.

Pam Burton and Jan Mayo are the authors of our next feature, which describes the cataloging and authority features of the Horizon library information system from Ameritech Library Services. Horizon, formerly known as Marquis, was originally developed by Dynix, Inc., before this company and NOTIS Systems, Inc., were acquired by Ameritech. This is the second product to bear the "Horizon" name and trademark. The Academic Library Division of Ameritech Library Services (formerly NOTIS) developed another client/server library automation system that was originally marketed under this name. This project was canceled before the product was complete and Ameritech's efforts toward a client/server library automation system were consolidated in the Marquis system, which was then renamed Horizon. Considerable effort has been invested in enhancing Horizon to meet the needs of larger academic libraries. Burton and Mayo's article gives us a glimpse into Horizon's cataloging and authorities features and its suitability for this type of library.

Beverly K. Duval and Linda Main continue with their "Microcomputer Applications in the Library" column. Their latest series of articles deals with the development of Web resources. In this issue, the column focuses on the implementation of tables and fill-in forms for library home pages. As always, this column approaches the topic at a very basic level. Duval and Main intend that their column can serve as a tutorial, giving step-by-step instructions that can be followed by nontechnical library staff. Although many of the articles in Library Software Review address a more technicallyminded audience, this column targets beginners to library technology.

In his regular "In the Literature" column, Thomas L. Kilpatrick provides his perspective on the new Windows 95 operating system from Microsoft. Besides his introductory paragraphs, Kilpatrick gives a number of citations dealing with this system as a section in his column.

Joseph Combs, Jr., our Software Reviews editor, turns his attention in this issue to EndNote Plus 2 from Niles and Associates. This software is designed to help in the process of managing bibliographic references for research papers. Many libraries spend considerable time preparing bibliographies and other reference guides. Combs's review will provide relevant information on using this product for such projects.

Once again, I would like to appeal to the readership of Library Software Review to get involved in making contributions to the journal. Qualified writers are encouraged to get in touch with me if they are willing to consider writing articles for publication consideration. There is a tremendous amount of library-specific software on the market, and I would like to see all of it described and reviewed in this publication.

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Publication Year:1996
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library software review
Publication Info:Volume 15 Number 1
Issue:Spring 1996
Publisher:Sage Periodicals Press
Place of Publication:Thousand Oaks, CA
Notes:Marshall Breeding, Editor-in-Chief Library Software Review Library Systems Vanderbilt University 419 21 st Avenue South Nashville, TN 37240 Phone: (615) 343-6094 Marshall Breeding
Subject: Editorials
Record Number:11985
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