ERIC Number: ED229051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Online Catalog Study: Final Report.
Siegel, Elliot R.
Following the closing of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM's) card catalog, a study was performed in 1982 to specify minimally acceptable requirements and capabilities for an NLM-based online catalog system and to evaluate the technical performance and user acceptance of available systems. Two prototype online catalog systems were selected for establishment, test, and evaluation: CITE (Current Information Transfer in English), which incorporates a user-friendly front end to the CATLINE system operating on the NLM's IBM 3033 main frame; and the public catalog access module of ILS (Integrated Library System), which also utilizes the CATLINE database but operates on a dedicated Data General S230 minicomputer. Based on verification protocols, limits testing, a survey of library patrons--both users and nonusers of the online catalog--and two experiments involving searches by NLM patrons and staff, it was recommended to the NLM director that CITE/CATLINE be adopted in its present state for use by patrons and non-technical library staff, and that appropriate systems support be provided. This final report briefly describes the study background, objectives, approach, methodology, and major findings. Extensive appendices comprise performance testing results, the results of analyses on user acceptance data, sample user and nonuser questionnaires, and a list of search questions and data collector's scoring sheets used in the search experiments. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Library of Medicine (DHHS/NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Identifiers: Library Users; National Library of Medicine MD; Online Catalogs; User Preferences