This book, first published in 1986, focuses on valuable information to all public library professionals who have questions about their participation in bibliographic networks. Contributors provide insights into both the benefits and the costs of networking by libraries of varying sizes and geographic locations. The actual uses of networks, their costs (including initial and ongoing expenses), and staffing needs are clearly explained.
Table of Contents
1. Foreword Donald J. Sager 2. Costs and Benefits of OCLC Use in Small and Medium Size Public Libraries Linda G. Bills 3. The Kewanee Public Library Votes Yes on OCLC Harriet Conklin 4. We'll Wait and See Thomas H. Ballard 5. A WLN Dilemma Mark A. Ness 6. Linking CLSI and UTLAS to Meet Local Needs Polly Coe 7. Present and Future Network Base for New Mexico's Public Libraries Ed Sayre 8. Networking at the Principal Public Library in Rhode Island: A Decade of Change Annalee M. Bundy