DUBLIN, Ohio, Feb. 28, 1994--The CJK TECHPRO service at OCLC is cataloging 1,550 books written in the Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages for the East Asian Library at the University of Southern California (USC). The library has a strong collection of East Asian materials, which cover history, literature, language, philosophy, science, technology, and general topics.
USC will ship the books (1,000 Chinese, 500 Japanese, and 50 Korean) to OCLC for cataloging. For each title, OCLC will use the CJK Plus system to perform copy or original cataloging according to USC's technical specifica- tions, which include assigning Library of Congress call numbers and subject headings, and printing catalog cards for the library. The new records and catalog cards will contain CJK vernacular characters.
"After a small but very satisfactory pilot test, the University of Southern California has made the decision to utilize the OCLC CJK TECHPRO service," said Judy Ganson, assistant university librarian for technical services, USC. "We think the service will supplement our staff by providing the expertise that we can't readily obtain at USC."
"We are extremely satisfied with what we have received," added Joy Kim, East Asian cataloger at USC. "OCLC has a very good team of staff to do a quality job."
OCLC tailors each CJK TECHPRO project to the needs of the user. A staff of eight catalogers, using OCLC's CJK Plus system, processes the items.
"Regardless of the size of project, we are pleased to be able to provide services for libraries with CJK collections," said Hisako Kotaka, manager of the CJK services section, OCLC.
"Contract cataloging projects not only enrich OCLC's database, which eventually benefits the entire East Asian library community, but also help OCLC to find out users' needs for the CJK Plus system because we are viewing things from the users' perspective," said Victor Yu, CJK user services specialist, OCLC. "We will incorporate those findings, along with users' comments, into the future development of the system."
OCLC CJK TECHPRO is a contract-based service designed for libraries that do not have enough staff members with Asian-language expertise or that have a large backlog. Since its introduction in 1988, over a dozen libraries have used OCLC CJK TECHPRO Services, including:
- American Graduate School of International Management
- College of William and Mary
- Corning Museum of Glass
- East Washington University
- Fuller Theological Seminary
- Furman University
- Grinnell College
- Haverford College
- Indiana University
- St. Olaf College
- State University of New York at Buffalo
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- University of California, San Diego
- University of Southern California
The CJK Plus system, released in 1993, is the second generation of the CJK350 system, which OCLC introduced in 1987. CJK Plus displays machine- readable cataloging (MARC) records with author, title, and other fields written in both the transliterated Roman characters and in the language's actual characters.
CJK Plus runs on a 486 microcomputer in the Microsoft Windows environment. Its powerful hardware and graphical user interface support the standard East Asian Character Code; five methods (including phonetic and graphic) of inputting CJK characters; efficient text editing (through COPY and PASTE commands); comprehensive user documentation (including workbook, template, input code dictionary, and online user manual); and the ability to print catalog cards at a local site or to export records to a local system.
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