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  • 1. Jamaica Union Catalogue Arlene Ononaiwu Technical Information Manager, PIOJ November 22 – 23, 2007
  • 2. OBJECTIVES  Introduction  National Library Systems  Union Catalogue  Sectoral Sub-Networks  SECIN  Database Challenges  Concerns  Challenges
  • 3. Introduction A union catalogue is a catalogue of various departments of a library, or of a number of libraries indicating their locations.
  • 4. Benefits to Users  The ability to search across multiple collections  Links to abstracts and electronic documents  High quality services in the area of content and reliability
  • 5. Benefits to libraries  A platform for resource sharing  Platform for service co-operation  Enhanced power in negotiation with suppliers
  • 6. National Library System  Jamaica Archives and Records Department (JARD)  Legal Network  Social and Economic Network  Physical Planning Network  College Libraries Network  Science and Technology Network
  • 7. NLJ New Sub-Networks  Audio Visual Information Network (AVIN)  Jamaica Agricultural Documentation and Information Network (JADIN)
  • 8. The Second Plan, Systems and Union Catalogue –The plan report reviewed the operations of specific networks as they related to the recommendations of that plan.
  • 9. The National Library’s role in the production of the Union Catalogue  National Bibliographic Database of Jamaican publications  UWI integrated library software from VTLS to ALEPH
  • 10. National Library and its Sectorial Sub-networks  COLINET  AVIN  JADIN  LINET  SECIN  STIN
  • 11. SECIN  The Socio-Economic Information Network (SECIN)  First of the National Library Jamaica Sub- networks to start its Union Catalogue
  • 12. Challenges Establishing a Jamaica Bibliographic Database  Human Resources Needs  Lack of Management Support
  • 13. Security Concerns •Concerns were expressed regarding security of records. Despite assurances given that these records would be secure a few of these libraries have been unable to participate because of this reason.
  • 14. Information Technology Expertise  Not staffed by Librarians  Slow contribution to the Union Catalogue  Limited Information Technology Support  Limited Financial Resources  NLJ Support Critical  Marketing Critical
  • 15. Conclusion  “Clearly, progress in the development of a modern integrated information system in Jamaica has been substantial.”

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