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Hartman, Joel L. – EDUCAUSE Review, 2008
Information technology has been an important part of higher education since the development of the lantern slide in the mid-1800s. However, occasions in which the academy has been "transformed" by technology are rare. Viewed in a historical perspective, these occasions can be considered as a series of three epochs: the online public-access catalog…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Information Technology, Educational Technology, Learning Theories
Webb, Paula L.; Nero, Muriel D. – Computers in Libraries, 2009
In today's world of instant everything, everyone has been exposed to some form of Web 2.0 technology, and higher education is not exempt from its long reach. Libraries of all types are incorporating Web 2.0 features to attract users as well as to showcase library services. The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) has become more user-friendly with…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Academic Libraries, Online Catalogs, Library Services
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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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Abdoulaye, Kaba – Electronic Library, 2002
Analyzes and describes bilingual authority files at the main library of the International Islamic University of Malaysia. Highlights include a review of multilingual research; perceptions of end users and catalogers; problems with bilingual files; and use of the OPAC (online public access catalog) by users. (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Authority Control (Information), Cataloging, Foreign Countries
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Seiden, Peggy; Sullivan, Patricia – Library Hi Tech, 1986
Describes the process of developing and revising a brochure to guide library patrons in conducting an author search on an online public access catalog in order to demonstrate the application of four steps in production of a functional document--analysis; planning; development; evaluation, testing, and revision. Three sources are given. (EJS)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Libraries, Higher Education, Information Systems
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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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Kilgour, Frederick G. – Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2001
This experiment explores the effectiveness of retrieving the listing of a known-item book from the 3.6 million entry online catalog at the library of the University of Michigan using various combinations of author's name plus first and last title words. Discusses implications for the design of OPAC (online public access catalog) screens.…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Authors, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
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Ensor, Pat – Information Technology and Libraries, 1992
Discussion of keyword and Boolean searching techniques in online public access catalogs (OPACs) focuses on a study conducted at Indiana State University that examined users' attitudes toward searching on NOTIS (Northwestern Online Total Integrated System). Relevant literature is reviewed, and implications for library instruction are suggested. (17…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Higher Education, Library Catalogs, Library Instruction
Kalin, Sally W. – Proceedings of the ASIS Annual Meeting, 1991
Describes a study that was conducted to determine whether the searching behavior of remote users of LIAS (Library Information Access System), Pennsylvania State University's online public access catalog (OPAC), differed from those using the OPAC within the library. Differences in search strategies and in user satisfaction are discussed. (eight…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Library Catalogs
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Aanonson, John – Online Review, 1987
Compares features of online public access catalogs (OPACs) at six British universities: (1) Cambridge; (2) Hull; (3) Newcastle; (4) Surrey; (5) Sussex; and (6) York. Results of keyword subject searches on two topics performed on each of the OPACs are reported and compared. Six references are listed. (MES)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Comparative Analysis, Developed Nations, Foreign Countries
Hert, Carol A.; Nilan, Michael S. – Proceedings of the ASIS Annual Meeting, 1991
Presents preliminary data that characterizes the relationship between what users say they are trying to accomplish when using an online public access catalog (OPAC) and their perceptions of what input to give the system. Human-machine interaction is discussed, and appropriate methods for evaluating information retrieval systems are considered. (18…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
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Sandler, Mark – RQ, 1985
Discusses several concerns about nature of online public access catalogs (OPAC) that have particular import to reference librarians: user passivity and loss of control growing out of "human-machine interface" and the larger social context; and the tendency of computerized bibliographic systems to obfuscate human origins of library…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Display Systems, Higher Education, Information Systems
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Li, Yiu-On; Leung, Shirley W. – Library Resources & Technical Services, 2001
Discussion of aggregator databases focuses on a project at the Hong Kong Baptist University library to integrate full-text electronic journal titles from three unstable aggregator databases into its online public access catalog (OPAC). Explains the development of the electronic journal computer program (EJCOP) to generate MARC records for…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cataloging, Computer Software Development, Databases
Rockman, Ilene F.; Adalian, Paul T., Jr. – 1987
This report is designed to raise issues and concerns which will affect the successful implementation of an education and training program once an online public access catalog (OLPAC) has been installed in the Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo. Information presented in the document was gathered…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Costs, Higher Education, Instructional Materials
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