PRLC CLEARINGHOUSE OPENS FOR BUSINESS
RECll NO\) 141911\.
The Clearinghouse for Interlibrary Loan is now open for use by member
libraries. The Clearinghouse, funded through a Hillman Foundation
grant, "fields" interlibrary loan requests for PRLC member libraries.
Clearinghouse librarians search the card catalogs of Carnegie Library
of Pittsburgh, microfilm of catalogs of four major research collections
in Pittsburgh, the Union Library Catalogue of Pennsylvania,
and OCLC . The Clearinghouse hopes to systematically exploit the
rich sources of materials in this area before searcmng more distant
libraries . .
PRLC has appointed Ms. Karen Silverberg as Clearinghouse Librarian.
Ms. Silverberg comes to the Clearinghouse after serving as Assistant
Librarian at the Jennie King Mellon Library, Chatham College. She
received her B. A. from Wells College in New York and her MLS from
the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Library and Information
Sciences. Assistant Clearinghouse Librarian, Ms. Judith Plotz,
earned a B.A. in English Literature at Brandeis University and an
MLS from Simmons School of Library Science in Boston .
Clearinghouse services will be complete when the microfilming of
card catalogs of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Carnegie-Mellon
University, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh is
accomplished. The microfilming of these card catalogs is being conducted
by Library School students Barbara Lapham, Nancy Marvich,
Virginia Horn and Ruth Manning. When the microfilming is completed,
the Clearinghouse Librarians will have access to the catalogs of
the four institutions mentioned in addition to the microfilmed holdings
of the Union Library Catalogue of Pennsylvania (now being microfilmed
in Philadelphia) and to the libraries whose holdings are
listed in The Ohio College Library Center data bank. The microfilming
of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Carnegie-Mellon University
card catalogs is finished and that for Duquesne University
is now in progress.
During this phase of Clearinghouse development, Ms. Silverberg has
visited several PRLC member libraries in order to meet the Interlibrary
Loan librarians of those institutions and see their departments
in action . She hopes to see other participating libraries in
the ne xt months as time and winter permit.