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Rethlefsen, Melissa L. – Library Journal, 2007
Traditional library web products, whether online public access catalogs, library databases, or even library web sites, have long been rigidly controlled and difficult to use. Patrons regularly prefer Google's simple interface. Now social bookmarking and tagging tools help librarians bridge the gap between the library's need to offer authoritative,…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Librarians, Internet, Web Sites
Casey, Michael E.; Savastinuk, Laura C. – Library Journal, 2006
Libraries are changing. Funding limits and customer demands are transforming staffing levels, service models, access to resources, and services to the public. Administrators and taxpayers are seeking more efficient ways of delivering services to achieve greater returns on financial investments. In this article, the author discusses the benefits of…
Descriptors: Online Catalogs, Library Networks, Libraries, Library Services
Kilgour, Frederick G. – Library Journal, 1984
A review of library technological development and card catalog innovations of the past century and a half precedes a discussion of online public access catalog development. Design requirements and purpose of the online catalog, access techniques and provisions, costs, and future integration are highlighted. Twenty-two references are listed. (EJS)
Descriptors: Cataloging, Computer Oriented Programs, Design Requirements, Library Automation
Rice, James – Library Journal, 1988
Identifies factors which may account for user dissatisfaction with online public access catalogs (OPACs) and discusses some advantages of OPACs over card catalogs: (1) design for subject searching; (2) flexibility; (3) browsing capability; (4) precision; (5) availability of status information; and (6) development of microcomputer software to…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Card Catalogs, Computer Software, Higher Education
Adams, Judith A. – Library Journal, 1988
Discussion of consequences of library automation argues that technology should be used to augment access to information. Online public access catalogs are considered in this context, along with several related issues such as system incompatibility, invasion of privacy, barriers to database access and manipulation, and user fees, which contribute…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Fees, Higher Education
Matthews, Joseph R. – Library Journal, 1982
Reviews the questions and issues which must be addressed as libraries enter an age in which the development of online catalogs for library users is becoming more feasible. Viability of online catalogs, current activities in catalog development, variables involved in catalog design, and the potential of online systems are discussed. (JL)
Descriptors: Computer Output Microfilm, Computers, Costs, Design Requirements
Oberg, Larry R. – Library Journal, 1986
Description of VALNet (Valley Library Consortium), a consortium of public, academic, and school libraries in Idaho, highlights proposed online public access union catalog which would include nonbibliographic and referral files and circulation and serials control modules. The political climate, marketing, needs assessment, support and consultation,…
Descriptors: Community Information Services, Consortia, Financial Problems, Grants
Grogg, Jill E. – Library Journal, 2007
Librarians face two very pressing charges: make voluminous numbers of electronic resources as visible as possible in a landscape with multiple access points, and simultaneously manage all the technology, tasks, and data necessary to facilitate such ubiquitous access. In the past ten years, solutions have emerged and become commonplace in many…
Descriptors: Management Systems, Electronic Equipment, Librarians, Library Services
Library Journal, 2005
It bothers Michelle Jeske that many people still don't know all that their public libraries can do for them, even in Denver, where 80 percent of the population has a library card. Fortunately, as manager of web information services at the Denver Public Library (DPL), she can reach out to people who never come through the library doors. Jeske and…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Library Services, Librarians, Web Sites
Beckman, Margaret M. – Library Journal, 1982
Explores the use of public online access systems, noting three reasons for their emergence: the failure of computer output microform (COM) catalogs, online circulation systems, and commercial vendors. User needs and wants and librarian requirements are outlined in terms of cost considerations. Fourteen references are listed. (EJS)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cost Effectiveness, Higher Education, Librarians
Tiffany, Connie – Library Journal, 1982
Discusses the user-oriented design, technology application, and innovative re-organization employed in the new facility of the Iowa City Public Library. Shelving of audiovisual materials, open access, cable television, the online catalog, and staffing considerations are noted. Nine references are cited. (EJS)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Cable Television, Community Information Services, Computer Science
Hegarty, Kevin – Library Journal, 1988
Description of the development of a CD-ROM public access catalog at the Tacoma (Washington) Public Library covers: (1) costs; (2) pros and cons; (3) access time; (4) updates; (5) linking with the circulation system; (6) vendor selection; (7) compact disc interactive; and (8) digital video interactive. (MES)
Descriptors: Costs, Evaluation Criteria, Futures (of Society), Information Technology
Sloan, Bernard C.; And Others – Library Journal, 1986
"Library Journal's" fourth semiannual section on library automation provides basic and introductory articles on: remote public access to automated library systems, electronic bulletin boards, the online integrated automation system at the Oklahoma City public library, and buying a phone system. Tables include statistics on various…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Software, Electronic Mail, Library Automation
Cabello-Argandona, Roberto; And Others – Library Journal, 1982
Outlines progress of California Spanish Language Data Base (CSLDB) project in its effort to provide subject access to Spanish language collections in public libraries. Generating Spanish counterparts for English subject headings, going online, and the current effort of seeking a host bibliographic utility are examined. References are provided.…
Descriptors: Databases, Hispanic Americans, Library Catalogs, Online Systems