3.417 forums for librarians (95)

Thu, 31 Aug 89 00:08:43 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 417. Thursday, 31 Aug 1989.

(1) Date: Wed, 30 Aug 89 01:05:30 EDT (37 lines)
From: "A. Ralph Papakhian" <PAPAKHI@IUBVM.bitnet>
Subject: Re: 3.411 forums for librarians? (17)

(2) Date: Wed, 30 Aug 89 03:49:00 gmt (38 lines)
From: elliot%library@ucsd.edu (Elliot Kanter)
Subject: Library Forums; Library catalogs on Internet

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Date: Wed, 30 Aug 89 01:05:30 EDT
From: "A. Ralph Papakhian" <PAPAKHI@IUBVM.bitnet>
Subject: Re: 3.411 forums for librarians? (17)

On Tue, 29 Aug 89 20:09:58 EDT you said:
>Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 411. Tuesday, 29 Aug 1989.
>Date: Mon, 28 Aug 89 09:48:31 PLT
>From: Paul Brians <HRC$04@WSUVM1>
>Subject: Library Forums
>Does anyone know of forums for university librarians available through
>BitNet? Particularly one in which information about cataloguing is
>:: 3.411 forums for librarians? (17)

MLA-L at IUBVM is a forum which includes discussions/information about
music cataloging in particular (among other music library related topics).
The editor of the Music Cataloging Bulletin has seen to posting new
Music Cataloging Decisions from the Library of Congress Music Section in
a timely fashion in MLA-L. Much anguish about these decisions has also
been expressed in the forum. In order to subscribe, send a mail message
to LISTSERV at IUBVM consisting of one line: SUBscribe MLA-L <forename surname>
Please do not send the subscrition request to MLA-L at IUBVM. Anyone
interested in additional information about MLA-L can contact me at
By the way, this MLA = Music Library Association (not the other ones--there
are three MLA's I know about: Madras Library Association, Michigan Library
Association, and Manitoba Library Association)

Cordially, *****
**** *** **** MUSIC
** *** **
A. Ralph Papakhian, Music Library ** ******* ** LIBRARY
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 ***
(812) 855-2970 *****
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Date: Wed, 30 Aug 89 03:49:00 gmt
From: elliot%library@ucsd.edu (Elliot Kanter)
Subject: Library Forums; Library catalogs on Internet

During my first day on the Humanist discussion list, I've noticed
two messages wondering about access to academic/research libraries
(and librarians) via Bitnet.

There is in fact an electronic discussion forum, the Public-Access Computer
Systems Forum (PACS-L). The subjects discussed -- hypertext, locally-
mounted databases, online catalogs, access to information -- are wide
ranging. PACS-L is based at the University of Houston, and was where I
first heard of the Humanist forum. The operator of the system, Charles
Bailey, can be reached at LIB3@UHUPVM1.BITNET.

A major subject of discussion earlier this month was how (and how many)
research library online catalogs could be accessed via the Internet.
Quite a number of major ones do seem accessible. Both PAC_L and
(reportedly) EDUCOM are accumulating a list. Washington University
in St. Louis, for one, not only can be dialed into via Internet, but
has set up a gateway menu to a variety of others. The University of
California's MELVYL Online catalogk, is exploring the same option.

The latest list I have seen include: Boston University, Colorado Alliance
of Research Libraries, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, New Mexico
State University, Pennsylvania State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, Texas A&M University, the University of California (MELVYL), and the
Universities of Delaware, Florida
Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico,
Notre Dame, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.

Of course many of these catalogs vary widely in scope, ease of use,
command structure, terminal compatibility; not all are as open to open
access as others. Some include journals databases as well a s standard
library book catalogs. But the ultimate point is that growth of the
Internet is tending toward erasing some geographic barriers to exploring
the contents of a great many and varied research libraries.