ERIC Number: ED190145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Experimental On Line Catalog for the Dartmouth College Libraries.
Fayen, Emily Gallup
This online pilot project demonstrates the feasibility of using the OCLC transaction tapes to create an online catalog, and the utility of the BRS database structure for loading this data and for online searching. It also shows the feasibility of a user-cordial interface for patrons and for staff and provides an opportunity to test many factors involved in developing a successful system for use by students, faculty, and staff, as well as trained online searchers. Preliminary results from a series of controlled experiments using the online catalog and the card catalog show that recall is similar. The online catalog is generally much more effective and faster for those topics not adequately represented by LC subject headings, but the card catalog may be more efficient for a very simple author/title search. Further experiments with the online catalog at Dartmouth will continue, thus enabling a decision as to whether it is an acceptable alternative to the card catalog. Current planning is to use both for at least one calendar year or until a clear choice is evident. (Author/RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, NH.