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Arret, Linda – American Libraries, 1985
This essay suggests that until online public access catalogs can be truly user-friendly by encouraging searchers to learn and control and relearn, making systems too easy is not in the users' or systems' best interests. Experiences at Library of Congress and examples of search strategies and menu systems are noted. (EJS)
Descriptors: Information Retrieval, Library Catalogs, Library Instruction, Man Machine Systems
Barnett, John; McMorran, Charles; Schlein, Andrew – American Libraries, 1997
Despite predictions that the Latino population will become the nation's largest minority group, mainstream publishing offers few titles for Spanish-language collections development. This article describes how the San Antonio (TX) public library has developed a "Latino Collection." Includes highlights on how the Queens Borough (NY) Public…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Chinese, Korean, Library Collections
Cherry, Susan Spaeth – American Libraries, 1981
The Evanston (Illinois) Public Library has become the nation's first library to provide a touch-sensitive, online alternative to the card catalog. Library patrons have quickly embraced the Public Access Catalog (PAC) which was introduced on October 6, 1980. (LLS)
Descriptors: Card Catalogs, Libraries, Online Systems, Public Libraries
Brown, Greg – American Libraries, 1995
Ameritech provides automated systems to academic and public libraries which in turn provide services to communities. It has identified library marketplace trends, including increases in use of electronic resources; interconnectivity of resources; number of remote users; and expectations regarding access to online catalogs, full-text documents, and…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Full Text Databases, Futures (of Society), Information Management