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The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 41, October 8, 2000, Article 9


The American Numismatic Society has published its long- range planning goals. The document is available on their web site at this address:

Bibliophiles may be interested in the plans for the ANS' incomparable numismatic library. The Library goals are shown below:

"Library Goal: Support the informational needs of membership, scholars and the general public and staff through the referencing of numismatic publications, domestic and foreign utilizing information technology.


  • 1. Complete library's online catalog component as part of already established ordering, acquisitions, and subject authority database (LOAC).
  • 2. Provide "clean" bibliographic records devoid of unauthorized/incorrect subject headings, editing records online using global change capabilities of the online catalog.
  • 3. Ensure the reader is guided to all works of a single author by developing and installing a procedure for name authority work.
  • 4. Provide comprehensive and timely coverage of articles in all numismatic journals; catalog backlog of approximately 12,800 articles.
  • 5. Explore possible use of RLIN or downloading records from Library of Congress at no cost.

Goal: To become an information center that efficiently uses modern technology.


  • 6. Provide online public access computers for library visitors allowing quick searches by keyword, title, author, ISBN etc and the capacity to print search results.
  • 7. Provide access to numismatic websites by cataloging them according to accepted standards; incorporate a strategy for updating cataloging of numismatic websites on a regular basis.
  • 8. Provide information about the library and its collections over ANS website.
  • 9. Acquire multi-volume reference works or journals in fiche, film, or CD-ROM and microfilm/fiche reader/printer equipment to facilitate use of non-paper format."

Wayne Homren, Editor

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