PEARL--An Automated Periodicals Control System.

by Cecily J. Surace

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PEARL (Periodicals Automation RAND Library) is an automated periodicals control system that provides for automatic check-in and routing of periodicals. Instead of using claims cards or lists, the program produces double-column, pressure-sensitive labels combining check-in and routing in one operation. Negative reporting of items not received is the basis for an automatic update of holdings, rather than positive reporting. Other features are discussed--e.g., automated production of purchase order letters, claims and scrap lists, cross references, and notes. PEARL operates on the IBM 360/65 and controls over 2000 active periodical titles, 3000 copies, and 680 inactive titles. 39 pp. Ref.

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