ERIC Number: ED190142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun-24
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Closed Catalogs on Public Access.
Dwyer, James R.
Microcatalog use studies at the University of Oregon have demonstrated that users encounter access difficulties when confronted with a multiple file microfiche catalog. This research verifies theories by Mooers, Zipf, and others that the public minimizes search efforts and implies that closed catalogs with supplements such as add-on catalogs will not be fully understood or utilized. A comparison of U. of O. survey results with those of other more positive microcatalog studies reveals that the problems created are not inherent to any given catalog format but are created by multiple lookups. Retrospective conversion studies and the costs of converting bibliographic records into machine readable form are considered. (Author/RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Closed Catalogs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (Dallas, TX, June 24, 1979).