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Title: Utilizing Z39.50 to Obtain Bibliographic Copy: a Cost-Containment Study
Authors: DeZelar-Tiedman, Christine
Genereux, Cecilia
Hearn, Stephen
Keywords: Copy cataloging
Z39.50
OCLC
Library of Congress
RLIN
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Publisher: Association for Library Collections & Technical Services
Citation: DeZelar-Tiedman, Christine, Cecilia Genereux and Stephen Hearn. "Utilizing Z39.50 to Obtain Bibliographic Copy: a Cost-Containment Study." Library Resources & Technical Services 50:2 (2006): 120-128.
Abstract: This paper looks at one approach to controlling costs when seeking cataloging copy. A small task group in the University of Minnesota Libraries Technical Services Department conducted a study to devise the most cost-effective strategy for searching for and importing bibliographic copy, compiling costs and benefits of importing records from the OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. database, the Research Libraries Group Union Catalog, and the Library of Congress catalog. Results of the study indicated that although the LC database is smaller than the other two utilities, a significant enough portion of needed records were available from LC to more than offset the cost of re-searching in the other databases for records not found. In addition, due to differences in pricing structure, searching RLIN second was found to be more cost effective than going next to OCLC, even though a slightly larger proportion of items were found in OCLC than RLIN. This study may prove useful either as a methodology or in terms of its findings for other libraries wishing to compare sources of cataloging copy.
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/44313
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