Library Automation in Transitional Societies: Lessons from Eastern Europe

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This is a collection of papers from a 1997 conference that attempted to assess the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's efforts to modernize Eastern European libraries after the fall of communism. Looking primarily at Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, the international panel of contributors cover library automation, library policy, and management strategy.

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Overview

This is a collection of papers from a 1997 conference that attempted to assess the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's efforts to modernize Eastern European libraries after the fall of communism. Looking primarily at Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, the international panel of contributors cover library automation, library policy, and management strategy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195132625
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction 3
Pt. I Library Policy and the State
1 Library Automation: Fortunes and Miseries in Poland 23
2 Developing National Information Infrastructures in Central and Eastern Europe: The Content-versus-Conduit Debate 28
3 A Coordinator's View of the Impact of Policy on the Financing and the Managing of Library Automation 45
4 Libraries of Central and Eastern Europe: Basic Dilemmas 59
5 The Changes in the Functions of University Libraries and of Educational Policy in Poland After 1989 74
6 In Search of an Optimum Model of Development 83
Pt. II Case Histories
7 Automation and Academic Libraries in Hungary: Theory and Practice in a Period of New Challenges 93
8 Automation in the National Library in Warsaw: From an In-House System to INNOPAC 104
9 The Retrospective Conversion of the Catalog in the Library of the American Studies Center, Warsaw University 113
10 CASLIN, Priorities of the Czech National Library, and Government Policy on Information and Libraries 120
11 Cooperation, Consortia, Compatibility, Connectivity: The Case of CASLIN 134
12 Some Problems with Library Automation in the KOLIN Library Consortium 141
13 Realization of the CASLIN Project in the Slovak National Library and Its Impact on the Automation of Libraries in Slovakia 153
14 The Aleph Implementation at the National Library of the Czech Republic 168
Pt. III Cataloging, Authority Control, Retroconversion, Subject Headings, Search, and Union Catalogues
15 A Retrospective Conversion: The Case of Debrecen 183
16 The Retrospective Conversion in Czech Libraries 196
17 The Implementation of an Automated System at the University Library in Bratislava, Slovakia 204
18 Cataloging Standards in Czech Libraries 219
19 Evolution of Authority File Work in Poland 224
20 The Union Catalog: Different Library Systems, Different Solutions 235
21 New Possibilities for Information Retrieval 251
22 Why, and How to, Translate a Subject Heading System: Authority Control Provides a Solution 267
23 Integrating Internet Resources into the Library Catalog 284
24 Knowledge and Information Processing 293
25 The Dissemination and Archival Storage of Old Materials as Electronic Documents 313
26 The Automation of Special Collections: General Issues 327
Pt. IV Management Issues
27 The Sequencing of Automation in Central and East European Research Libraries 335
28 Managing Delays: The Micropolitics of Time in the Czech and Slovak Automation Projects 345
29 The Krakow Project: Problems of Management 360
30 Staffing Patterns for Academic Libraries of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and the CIS Countries 374
31 Staff Preparation for Automation 399
32 Interactions Between Library Automation and Staff and Patron Training 407
33 The Special Role of the Hungarian National Library in the Formation and Management of Consortia 420
34 The Human Aspects of Library Automation 427
35 The Contribution of Integrated Library Services to the Ensuring of Quality Services 443
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