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Paper: CADIST Astronomie: Acquisition and Distribution of Scientific and Technical Information in Astronomy in France
Volume: 153, Library and Information Services in Astronomy III (LISA III)
Page: 227
Authors: Vallet, Marylène
Abstract: The CADIST system was initiated in 1980 by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of France. The objectives were twofold: to rationalize acquisitions over all academic libraries and to lower costs. It dispatches thirty significant subjects over all twenty key libraries. Paris Observatory library was chosen as a ``bibliothèque-support'' for astronomy and astrophysics. Its mission was to cover academic literature on the subject as exhaustively as possible, and to diffuse this literature through an interlibrary loan system. We describe the implementation of the system, its difficulties, the influence of new computerized means on its organization, and the future prospects. In spite of its being old the CADIST system keeps pace with new technologies and is still efficient.
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