TABLE OF CONTENTS
FORMAT INTEGRATION: THE FINAL PHASE by
Kathryn P. Glennan
USMARC format integration, defined as "the validation of data elements for all forms of material," was first discussed in 1983 and has been phased in since 1991. The final phase, scheduled for March 1996, addresses changes to the Leader and fixed fields. With this phase, it will finally be possible to code material type characteristics for all aspects of an item for subsequent machine manipulation. This article explores the history of USMARC format integration, the changes to the Leader and fixed fields in the final phase, and likely impact of those changes, and the possible future direction of the MARC format.
THE NLM/HeSCA VIRTUAL WORKSHOP EXPERIMENT by
Craig Locatis, Keven Siegert, and Karen Adsit
The Internet is a popular information network, but its use for distance education is largely unexplored. In 1994, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Health Sciences Communications Association (HeSCA) offered an experimental, online, "Virtual Workshop" that used several Internet information services to offer a learning experience entirely online. The workshop was developed to introduce participants to developing multimedia, hypertext documents for the Internet's World Wide Web. Participants completed a personal biography with images and links using the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). Two of the authors were primarily involved as workshop developers and coordinators, while one participated as a student. This paper describes the workshop's rationale and resources and lessons learned from the experience. Factors affecting Internet resource use are identified and the implications for using the Internet in distance education are discussed.
INTERNET RESOURCES: WORLD WIDE WEB (WWW) by Michael J. Albright
Once again, Michael gives us an explanation of the World Wide Web together with tips for media professionals. Included is his list of WWW media sites.
TECHNOLOGY WATCH COLUMN
IN THE RUSH TO USE NEW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES: DON'T FORGET THE USER by Terrence McCormack
Trendy? Yes, but are new technologies being used appropriately?
MEDIA WORKS COLUMN
PLANNING, BUILDING, AND OPERATING A VIDEO PRODUCTION FACILITY IN AN ACADEMIC MEDIA SERVICES ENVIRONMENT by Don Cicchetti
Video production is an area where a lot of scarce financial resources can be spent for very little return, yet Academic environments are requiring more and more materials in this medium. By careful planning, basic familiarity with the technology, and proper management, a University Media services Department can serve it's parent institution in this area in a cost effective manner.
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