Small and Beautiful ?

Some remarks on evaluating microcomputer based library systems
  • S. Gradmann
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization book series (STUDIES CLASS)


The paper serves as an introduction for the presentation of different microcomputer-based library systems and suggests selected criteria for their evaluation by librarians working with rather small amounts of data and not beeing actively integrated in the structures of regional bibliographic networks or of complex local applications. The issue of different system environments for library use is beeing discussed in order to indicate the limits of this undertaking. The criteria developped are: Capacity of generating (1), concepts of data-maintenance, data-access and procedures providing the homogenity of data (2), functions related to cataloguing and subject indexing of bibliographic material (3), retrieval-oriented functions (4), aspects of ergonomy and documentation (5), functions and interfaces for data-exchange (6). The aspects of generating capacity and of functions related to data-exchange are given particular attention.


Subject Indexing Bibliographic Data Library System Authority Information Authority Form 
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  7. Payer, M.: RAK für Online-Kataloge. Bibliotheksdienst 23 (1989) 1278–1288.Google Scholar
  8. Tedd, L.: Computer-based library systems. A review of the last twenty-one years. Journal of Documentation 34 (1987), 2, 145–165.Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin · Heidelberg 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Gradmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek HamburgHamburgGermany

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