Survey of Middle Eastern Libraries: Survey Questions in English

 

OACIS Survey of Middle Eastern Libraries

 

Background and Internet Connectivity:

(1) Is your library connected to the Internet?

            ___ Currently have access

            ___ Plan to connect to Internet in _____ yrs

            ___ No near-term plans to connect to Internet

            Comments________________________________

            If your library is not currently connected to Internet, there is no need to fill out remainder of survey.

 

(2) Does your library have: (choose all that apply)

___ Web access?

___ E-mail access?

            Comments________________________________

 

(3) Who has Internet connections in your library? 

            ___ Some staff

            ___ All staff

            ___ Users of your library?

            Comments________________________________

 

(4) Where do they have connections?

            ___ At staff desks?

            ___ At public reading areas?

            Other________________________________

 

(5) Does your library have access to secure FTP? [FTP is File-Transfer-Protocol, a means to securely transfer files over the Internet]

            ___ Yes

            ___ No

            Comments________________________________

 

Serials, Cataloging, and Online Holdings:

For the next set of questions, serial means: journal, newspapers and other periodicals ; cataloging means a list including Title, and if known:  Place of Publication, Publisher, and/or Beginning Year ; and holdings means a listing of issues owned by a library of a particular serial. (e.g. v.20:no.6(1972)-v.50:no.7/8(2004)

(1) Are your serials cataloged?

            ___ Yes

            ___ No

            Comments________________________________

            If your library does not catalog its serials, there is no need to fill out remainder of survey.

 

(2) What form of cataloging?

            ___ MARC?

            ___ Other cataloging standard?_______________

            ___ Local system?

            Comments________________________________

 


(3) Are the catalog records for your serials: (choose all that apply)

            ___ In electronic form?

            ___ Online?

            ___ In print?

            Comments________________________________

 

(4) Have you recorded the holdings of your serials?

            ___ Yes

            ___ No

            Comments________________________________

 

(5) If Yes for number 4, are the holdings of your serials available:  (choose all that apply)

            ___ In electronic form?

            ___ Online?

            ___ In print?

            ___ Connected to the catalog listing for the title?

            Comments________________________________

 

(6) If your library catalog is online, is your library software system (choose all that apply)

            ___ Purchased from a software company (if so, which one?) (e.g. Endeavor, VTLS, etc.)

            ___ Homebuilt software?

            ___ Shared with other libraries in your region?

            ___ Using UNICODE?

 

(7) If your library catalog is online, what would make it easy for you to contribute your catalog records to OACIS?

            ___ Web form for entry of your records manually?

            ___ Training in extracting catalog records from your online system and sending your extract via file-transfer-protocol?

            ___ Other? ________________________________

 

Document delivery and Interlibrary Loan:

For the next set of questions, Interlibrary loan means a cooperative activity whereby a library that does not own a serial, or a particular issue of a serial may request a photocopy of an article from that serial to be sent to them from a library that does own the issue of that serial.  This photocopy delivery is in response to a request by a library patron.

(1) Do you have online access to the catalogs of other libraries in your area or region?

            ___ Yes

            ___ No

            Comments________________________________

 

(2) Are you currently supplying copies of serial articles through interlibrary loan to any other library whether in your region or elsewhere in the world? (choose all that apply)

            ___ In your country?

            ___ In your region?

            ___ Beyond your region?

            ___ Not doing interlibrary loan?

            ___ Other? ___________________________

 


(3) If your library were offered an opportunity to participate in an interlibrary loan experiment, what would make it easy for you to do so?

            ___ Restricting ILL to only libraries outside the region?

            ___ Restricting ILL to only library within the region?

            ___ Staff training on ILL practices?

            ___ Assistance in establishing regional ILL policies?

            ___ Other? ________________________________

 

For questions about the survey, please contact Randa al-Chidiac, Systems Librarian University of Balamand and OACIS Intern.

 

Please return completed survey:

Via Fax: to: OACIS at (203) 432-8527

                        OR

Via International Mail to:

            OACIS

            Yale University Library

            130 Wall Street, PO Box 208240

            New Haven, CT  06520-8240

            USA

            OR

Via email to: Randa al-Chidiac:

            before 27 July 2005 at randa.al-chidiac@yale.edu

            after 28 July 2005 at randa.alchidiac@balamand.edu.lb

 

For additional information on OACIS, contact:

 

Ann Okerson

Associate University Librarian

Yale University Library

130 Wall Street, P.O. Box 208240

New Haven, CT 06520-8240

USA

Telephone: (203) 432-1764

Fax: (203) 432-8527

Email: ann.okerson@yale.edu

 

or

 

Simon Samoeil

Curator, Near East Collection

Yale University Library

130 Wall Street, PO Box 208240

New Haven, CT  06520-8240

USA

Telephone: (203) 432-1799

Fax: (203) 432-7231

Email: simon.samoeil@yale.edu

 

Yale University Library: OACIS Project