ERIC Number: ED231404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-31
Reference Count: N/A
A Comprehensive Study of Online Public Access Catalogs: An Overview and Application of Findings. Volume III of Three Volumes. Final Report.
Kaske, Neal K.; Sanders, Nancy P.
This report covers the background, scope, and findings of a multifaceted research project which focused on data collection and analysis related to online public access systems (OPAC's); the ultimate goal of this project is to improve information access through OPAC design and enhancement. To assist library decision-makers when planning for the initial installation of OPAC's or the enhancement of existing systems, this volume evaluates and integrates the findings detailed in the first two. Because the system/patron interaction is central to the study, a conceptual model for online catalog research which illustrates the user interface for an interactive system is presented. A project overview discusses objectives, methodologies, data collection and analysis. Summaries are provided of findings obtained through self-administered questionnaires for OPAC users and non-users, as well as through focus group interviews and transaction log analysis. Findings are discussed both generally and then specifically in a question-answer format, and areas for additional research are suggested. Six references are listed. Four appendices include pretest and final user and nonuser questionnaires. (Author/LMM)
Descriptors: Information Needs, Information Retrieval, Interviews, Library Automation, Library Catalogs, Library Research, Man Machine Systems, Online Systems, Questionnaires, Search Strategies, Use Studies, User Satisfaction (Information)
OCLC, Dept. Box ONB, Columbus, OH 43265 ($5.50 per copy prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., Dublin, OH.