Most librarians working with sci-tech collections are fully aware of the importance of conference papers and proceedings, which has long played a major role in keeping professionals informed of the latest developments in their field. In this book, first published in 1989, responsible executives from several publishers of conference literature have joined with a number of sci-tech librarians to discuss the nature and value of conference literature in sci-tech libraries. A commercial publisher discusses the difficulties in editing a set of conference papers in a book, while producers of indexing/abstracting tools describe their selection methods, retrieval services, and general outlook on conference materials. In addition, sci-tech librarians address the problems of accessing, citing, and locating conference literature and explore the many aspects of the cataloguing of conference publications.
Table of Contents
1. Living With Conference Proceedings: An Analysis of the Problems, Pitfalls, and Successful Techniques for Access Loren D. Mendelsohn and James A. Ruffner 2. Publishing of Sci-Tech Conference Proceedings: Viewpoint of an Editor James L. Smith 3. Cataloguing Conference Publications: Problems and Issues Michael S. Borries 4. Coverage of Conference Documents in Scientific Databases: Viewpoint of Cambridge Scientific Abstracts Jonathan R.L. Sears 5. Secondary Publisher Coverage of Engineering Conference Papers: Viewpoint of Engineering Information, Inc. Gloria Moline 6. InterDok Corporation Publications for the Identification and Acquisition of the Sci-Tech Conference Proceedings Literature Bernard B. Baschkin and Karen-Anne Baschkin 7. Conference Proceedings at the Engineering Societies Library Kirk Cabeen 8. Conference Proceedings: A Tutorial Module Nestor L. Osorio