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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
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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
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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
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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Miller, William – Research Strategies, 1986
This essay offers suggestions to make online public access catalogs (OPACs) less idiosyncratic and more usable. Discussion covers qualitative difference between online catalog and predecessors, challenge of debunking assumptions, skills for success, maintaining an instructional perspective, catalog development for the people by the people, and the…
Descriptors: Display Systems, Information Systems, Library Catalogs, Library Instruction
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY. – 1984
Sixteen articles, books, and reports published between 1978 and 1983 and cited in "Resources in Education" and "Current Index to Journals in Education" are listed in this bibliography on online public access catalogs (OPACs). Emphasis is on the movement toward computer-based alternatives to library card catalogs and user…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer Science, Higher Education, Library Automation
Jarvis, William E. – Database, 1985
Discusses the integration of subject pathfinders into online public access catalogs (OPAC) through following features: within the OPAC, offline user guide manuals, remotely printed upon user request, or online as saved searches displayed in help screen format. Excerpts of a pathfinder display for biotechnology are presented. Four sources are…
Descriptors: Display Systems, Information Retrieval, Library Catalogs, Library Guides
Markey, Karen – Online, 1984
This discussion of online public access catalog (OPAC) user assistance includes results of focused-group interviews of 70 OPAC users at six libraries. Importance of printed materials, library staff assistance, users' problems relearning OPAC searching, computer-assisted instruction, multiple-dialog modes, informative system error messages, and…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Interviews, Library Catalogs, Library Guides
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
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Sullivan, Patricia; Seiden, Peggy – Library Hi Tech, 1985
Traditional methods of studying and evaluating use of online public access catalogs (OPACs) are discussed and compared to verbal protocol method (spoken records of people describing their work that uncover detailed data about thinking during problem solving). Results of Carnegie-Mellon University protocol study of OPAC users are discussed. (22…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Databases, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
Tenopir, Carol; Neufang, Ralf – Online, 1992
Discusses results of interviews with reference librarians that were conducted to investigate the effects of electronic reference options such as CD-ROM and OPACs (Online Public Access Catalogs). The work environment is described; changes in library instruction are considered; and the changing nature of reference work is discussed, including users'…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Interviews, Librarians, Library Automation
Rupp-Serrano, Karen; Buchanan, Nancy – Online, 1992
Describes the development of a computerized library instruction program using presentation software at Texas A&M University. Application to end-user training on the OPAC (online public access catalog) is explained, software capabilities and hardware requirements are discussed, the design of an audiotape narrative is described, and student…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Audiotape Recordings, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software
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Arp, Lori, Ed.; And Others – RQ, 1995
Addresses the importance of effective screen and menu design for online public access catalogs, and the responsibility of the instruction librarian to learn required technological information, such as MARC format, in order to influence design. Other concerns for those involved in screen design include screens for gateways, system modules, local…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer System Design, Gateway Systems, Information Retrieval
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Elsbernd, Mary Ellen Rutledge; And Others – Research Strategies, 1990
Reviews the online public access catalog (OPAC) literature from 1980 through 1989 to assist librarians in their efforts to examine this growing body of literature. The 35 articles reviewed address the value of OPAC instruction, teaching methods, staffing needs, faculty education, and serving remote users. (Author/CLB)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Annotated Bibliographies, College Faculty, Higher Education
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