Automated Acquisitions: Issues for the Present and Future.
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Automated Acquisitions: Issues for the Present and Future, ed. by Amy Dykeman and Bill Katz. Haworth, 1989, 285p. $39.95. This volume is also issued as no. 1 of a new Haworth journal, The Acquisitions Librarian. Although bearing a 1989 copyright date, it was not released until the second half of 1990.
The volume includes eighteen papers, which editor Dykeman reports "describe the hands-on experiences of librarians who have implemented various types of acquisitions systems" in a changing environment. Only the first article is general in nature. There Carol E. Chamberlain describes the impact of library automation and electronic publishing on acquisitions procedures: a change from acquisition of resources to one of access to information in electronic formats.
The remaining articles are much more library or equipment specific. Four articles describe automated acquisitions at the Triangle Research Libraries Network in North Carolina, relations with vendors as they affect automated systems, and development of in-house systems. Library applications of systems offered by NOTIS, INNOVACQ, Geac, DYM, and OCLC are described in ten papers. The volume concludes with three articles on microcomputer- and CD-ROM-based systems.