Assistance needed in working with a pro-life research library. Responses from our members who have Library Science credentials are especially welcome. This message was posted on the UFL group on LinkedIn and sent to the listserv as well.
The collection of the research library in question has a variety of materials: over 10,000 monographs (estimate), several shelves of paper copies of serials, audio and VHS tapes, and correspondence from pro-life activists. Unfortunately, the material is not on any online cataloging system. Specific questions are:
1. Is there a bibliographic services software package that enables easy cataloging of such a collection?
2. Would adding holdings in WorldCat be just as good, presuming that the research institution registers its library with WorldCat?
3. Does any UFL member have experience with cataloging correspondence and other material?
4. Are there other questions which should be addressed for such a collection to become available to scholars?
For privacy’s sake for the institution involved, please do not post replies on the UFL group on LinkedIn. Instead, please email me directly at DrJeffKoloze@att.net if you have any input. Responses will be collated and a course of action suggested for the research library.