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Bailey, Kieren – Computers in Libraries, 2011
What do Google Maps and a library's Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) have in common? Google Maps provides users with all the information they need for a trip in one place; users can get directions and find out what attractions, hotels, and restaurants are close by. Librarians must find the ultimate OPAC that will provide, in one place, all the…
Descriptors: Online Catalogs, Librarians, Libraries, Users (Information)
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Brown, Christopher C. – College & Research Libraries, 2011
As federal government information is increasingly migrating to online formats, libraries are providing links to this content via URLs or persistent URLs (PURLs) in their online public access catalogs (OPACs). Clickthrough statistics that accumulated as users visited links to online content in the University of Denver's library OPAC were gathered…
Descriptors: Government Publications, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Distributions, Statistical Data
Johnson, Tom – Library Media Connection, 2009
School library websites enhance and explain the services provided by the library. Most schools have a library website. Jurkowski (2004) reviewed thirty-four school library websites and ranked the most common features: website links, databases, policies, Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), and websites by subject. These features give patrons a…
Descriptors: Access to Information, School Libraries, Online Catalogs, Internet
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Matthews, J. Greg – Public Services Quarterly, 2009
It is easy to lament the shortcomings of traditional online public access catalogs (OPACs) in the Google Age. Users cannot, for example, usually input a snippet of a long-forgotten pop song's chorus into an online library catalog and almost instantly retrieve a relevant result along with hundreds of other options. On the other hand, should OPACs…
Descriptors: Online Catalogs, Literature Reviews, Computer Software Evaluation, Computer Software Reviews
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
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Fang, Wei; Crawford, Marjorie E. – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2008
Although there is a proliferation of information available on the Web, and law professors, students, and other users have a variety of channels to locate information and complete their research activities, the law library catalog still remains an important source for offering users access to information that has been evaluated and cataloged by…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Law Libraries, Online Catalogs, Internet
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Xia, Wei – Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 2003
Provides an overview of research conducted at Victoria University of Wellington regarding differing perceptions and expectations of user communities and librarians related to the usability of digital services. Considers access to services, currency of information on the Web site, the online public access catalog, databases, electronic journals,…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Databases, Electronic Journals
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Osa, Justina O. – Acquisitions Librarian, 2005
Resources found in the typical education library that supports teacher education programs often include print and non-print library items, and other items that are unique to education library collections. This article attempts to share what the education library is doing to integrate all of its resources irrespective of their formats. The main…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Academic Libraries, Online Catalogs, Educational Resources
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Lowe, M. Sara – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
The non-standard practice at Cowles Library at Drake University has been to display electronic journals and some print journals in the Knowledge Base while simultaneously listing print journals and some electronic journals in the online public access catalog (OPAC). The result was a system that made it difficult for patrons to determine our…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Electronic Journals, Online Catalogs, Access to Information
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Horn, Marguerite E. – Library Resources & Technical Services, 2002
Discusses the difference in subject access in OPACs (online public access catalogs) between subject searching (authority, alphabetic, or controlled vocabulary) versus keyword searching (uncontrolled, free text, natural language vocabulary). Compares a query on the term "garbage" in two online catalogs and discusses results. (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Comparative Analysis, Keywords, Library Catalogs
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Kalin, Sally W. – RQ, 1991
Discusses the needs of remote users of online public access catalogs (OPACs). User expectations are discussed; problems encountered by remote-access users are examined, including technical problems and searching problems; support services are described, including instruction, print guides, and online help; and differences from the needs of…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Library Catalogs, Library Instruction, Library Services
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Gilmore, Matthew B. – Library Trends, 1988
Looks at the use of online public access catalogs, the utility of subject and call-number searching, and possible archival applications. The Wallace Archives at the Claremont Colleges is used as an example of the availability of bibliographic descriptions of multiformat archival materials through the library catalog. Sample records and searches…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Archives, Higher Education
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Klein, Gary M. – Library Hi Tech, 1994
Online public access catalogs from 67 libraries using NOTIS software were searched using Internet connections to determine the positional operators selected as the default keyword operator on each catalog. Results indicate the lack of a processing standard for keyword searches. Five tables provide information. (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Networks, Computer Software, Information Retrieval
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Bordeianu, Sever; Carter, Christina E.; Dennis, Nancy K. – RSR: Reference Services Review, 2000
Describes Web-based online public access catalogs (Web OPACs) and other Web-based tools as gateway methods for providing access to library collections. Addresses solutions for overcoming barriers to information, such as through the implementation of proxy servers and other authentication tools for remote users. (Contains 18 references.)…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Information Dissemination, Information Sources, Integrated Library Systems
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Babu, B. Ramesh; O'Brien, Ann – Electronic Library, 2000
Discussion of Web-based online public access catalogs (OPACs) focuses on a review of six Web OPAC interfaces in use in academic libraries in the United Kingdom. Presents a checklist and guidelines of important features and functions that are currently available, including search strategies, access points, display, links, and layout. (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Check Lists, Computer Interfaces
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