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Purpose: Examines feasibility of establishing a virtual union catalog of audio-visual materials of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) archivval units in Tehran.
Method: Holdings of 20 audio-visual archives in Tehran have been surveyed. Two researcher-designed questionnaires were completed by 20 managers and 122 archivists of the 20 archival units. Validity of the tools was checked against Cronbach's alpha with an outcome of 75 percent.
Findings: 46.9 percent of staff are familiar with the concept of a virtual union catalog. Their knowledge of organization of archive resources is fair. 59.2 percent of the staff use Ganjineh software; 52.9 percent of managers consider archives’ budgets insufficient; 82.4 percent of them believe that there is no particular policy for setting up a union catalog for the archives; 68.8 percent believe that there is no policy for resource sharing among archives. Most of the managers believe film is the most significant material in their archives and favor a virtual union catalog. Nearly half of the librarians had developed their own thesauri. More than half of the archives are use Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR) for cataloging purposes. Most of the 20 archives use Rousseau classification; less than half of them know what a virtual union catalog is; more know about indexing. More than half of the managers believe their annual budget is insufficient. Most librarians use Ganjineh software. Most librarians to some extent believe that exchange of bibliographic information between archives is a good idea. Most archives see equipment, including servers and computers, as the first and most important requirement to establish a virtual union catalog. Human resources and physical facilities, they believe, are desirable, but not software facilities and policies.