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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
copy. On-line records in the OCLC and RLIN networks probably
exist for well over eighty percent of the western-language titles
most likely to be acquired by American libraries with a somewhat
lower success rate for seldom encountered languages, ephemeral
tracts, and pre-1900 works. The RLIN system plans to have a He­
brew capability available by July 1, 1986, but catalogue card pro­
duction will not be supported.
CATALOGUING PROCESS
Separate units of the library system at the University of Florida
divided the responsibility for cataloguing materials in Hebrew or
Yiddish and western languages. The cooperative effort was a
highly productive one; approximately 25,000 titles were fully cat­
alogued between May, 1979 and May, 1985. The Libraries took
advantage of printed Library of Congress cards for vernacular
cataloguing of the Hebrew and Yiddish titles (comprising about
60% of the total holdings of the Price Library of Judaica) and the
OCLC database for cataloguing the Judaica in western lan­
guages. The OCLC database is an especially rich resource,
receiving not only the authoritative Library of Congress records
but also the original cataloguing of the Hebrew Union College-
Jewish Institute of Religion and the Jewish Theological Seminary
of America libraries, to name just two major contributors of copy.
As the use of integrated automated systems increases in Ameri­
can libraries to manage the complexities of book ordering,
accounting, cataloguing, circulation and serials check-in, there
will be pressure on the Jewish Studies librarian to transliterate all
ordering and cataloguing records in the Hebrew alphabet. The
gravitational pull of the Library of Congress, our major source of
cataloguing data, in this direction is overpowering since it now
creates machine readable transliterated records for Hebrew and
Yiddish books while continuing to print the standard catalogue
cards for the greater library community. Regardless of the
method and level of cataloguing, high standards for cataloguing
should be maintained from the outset. As long as card catalogues
are maintained, a separate catalogue should be maintained for
the Judaica library, with an identical set of cards generated for
the university’s main or union catalogue. And within the Judaica
library itself, a separate Hebrew alphabet titles catalogue should
be created to facilitate bibliographic searching. Any satellite card