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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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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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Jensen, Bruce – MultiCultural Review, 2003
Asserts that despite growing awareness of frontline public service concerns in accommodating Spanish speakers, little care is invested in the technical processing side of the library's responsibility to Spanish speakers. Examines the usefulness and accessibility of online public access catalogs for monolingual Spanish readers, focusing on records…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Library Catalogs, Library Collections, Online Catalogs
Young, Terrence E., Jr. – Book Report, 2002
Describes methods of correcting MARC records in online public access catalogs in school libraries. Highlights include in-house methods; professional resources; conforming to library cataloging standards; vendor services, including Web-based services; software specifically developed for record cleanup; and outsourcing. (LRW)
Descriptors: Bibliographic Records, Computer Software, Elementary Secondary Education, Library Catalogs
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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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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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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
Cochrane, Pauline A. – 1982
A listing is presented of 17 documents in the ERIC database concerning the Online Catalog (sometimes referred to as OPAC or Online Public Access Catalog), a computer-based and supported library catalog designed for patron use. The database usually represents recent acquisitions and often contains information about books on order and items in…
Descriptors: Library Catalogs, Library Services, Online Systems, Reference Services
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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
Matthews, Joe – Information Outlook, 2000
Considers the value of information contained within a library's online public access catalog. Assesses the value of MARC records; authority records; indexes; location and status information; and value for an individual. (LRW)
Descriptors: Indexes, Library Catalogs, Machine Readable Cataloging, Online Catalogs
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Yee, Martha M.; Soto, Raymond – Information Technology and Libraries, 1991
Describes a survey of reference librarians in libraries with online public access catalogs that was conducted to determine what types of searches patrons would use to look for names of fictional characters. Name, subject, and author indexes are discussed, and implications for cataloging using the MARC format are suggested. (10 references) (LRW)
Descriptors: Cataloging, Characterization, Fiction, Indexing
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Matthews, Joseph R. – Information Services & Use, 1994
Describes the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) and the inclusion of abstracting and indexing industry databases in OPACs. Topics addressed include the implications of including abstracting and indexing tape and CD-ROM products in OPACs; the need for standards allowing library systems to communicate with dissimilar CD-ROM products; and computer,…
Descriptors: Abstracting, Bibliographic Databases, Business, Computer Networks
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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