Warwick and Carlborg, catalogers at Rutgers and the University of Illinois, respectively, describe how to log on to the OCLC system, search its Online Union Catalog, read and edit bibliographic records, enter new ones, and save, update, and produce them. It's a lot to do, but their book is nothing if not thorough. Intended for students in formal courses and on-the-job training, it has five exercises, principally testing search skills but also knowledge of record content and tagging. The emphasis is appropriate for most users, whose hit rates should be 90 percent-plus and whose most important task is finding records as efficiently as possible. Using OCLC Under PRISM is attractively illustrated with sample screens, helpful lists and summaries, and plenty of white space surrounding the text. The sole problem is the writing stylenot always direct and clearwhich should have been corrected by an editor. Recommended, nevertheless, to cataloging trainers and educators seeking an up-to-date, practical text.Sheila S. Intner, GSLIS, Simmons Coll., Boston
A tutorial and practical manual for library students and
professionals for using the Online Computer Library Center's (OCLC)
range of services with the PRISM service OCLC introduced in the early
1990. Explains how to log on and off of PRISM, how to use the many
kinds of searches, and how to catalog library materials after
determining that an appropriate record does not exist in the OCLC
database. Includes lists of commands, displays, and fields; a
glossary; and answers to the exercises; but no index.
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