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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
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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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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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Moscoso, Purificacion; Ortiz-Repiso, Virginia – Information Technology and Libraries, 1999
Analyzes the change that Internet-based OPACs (Online Public Access Catalogs) have represented to the structure, administration, and maintenance of the catalogs, retrieval systems, and user interfaces. Examines the structure of databases and traditional principles that have governed systems development. Discusses repercussions of the application…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Change, Computer Interfaces, Computer System Design
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Hardin, Steve – CD-ROM Professional, 1991
Describes how the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) and several other databases were added to the online public access catalog at Indiana State University, and explores impacts of enhancing access in this manner at several academic libraries. Telecommunications and software design consideration are also discussed, together with…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Bibliographic Databases, Comparative Analysis
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Besser, Howard – Library Trends, 1990
Discusses the problem of access in managing image collections and describes a prototype system for the University of California Berkeley which would include the University Art Museum, Architectural Slide Library, Geography Department's Map Library and Lowie Museum of Anthropology photographs. The system combines an online public access catalog…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Archives, Computer Graphics
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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
Hulser, Richard P. – Computers in Libraries, 1993
Discussion of graphical user interfaces for online public access catalogs (OPACs) covers the history of OPACs; OPAC front-end design, including examples from Indiana University and the University of Illinois; and planning and implementation of a user interface. (10 references) (EA)
Descriptors: Access to Information, College Libraries, Computer Graphics, Computer Software Development
Jian, Ming – 1996
Internet cataloging facilitates access and adds value to Internet resources by helping the user find needed resources with relative ease and in a timely manner. It attests to the value of traditional library principles of organizing information and the value of catalog librarians' experience and skills. This paper explores the suitability and…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Bibliographic Records, Cataloging, Higher Education
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Media and Technology Services. – 1991
In the fall of 1990, the Computer Services Section of the Department of Public Instruction in North Carolina began a project to study how the use of an online catalog in the media center would influence student academic achievement and provide a vehicle for students to gain the skills needed to access information. For a year, the media…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Information, Course Integrated Library Instruction, High Schools
Quint, Barbara – Online, 1987
Discusses advantages of tying together library book and journal collections in one online database. The division between the access tools of public and technical services is described and discussed in terms of the use of bibliographic utilities and search services, and some future consequences of full-collection access tools are described. (EM)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Bibliographic Utilities, Information Retrieval, Library Collections
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Tobias, Jennifer – Library Trends, 1998
Compares traditional cataloging to Web-based. Discusses intellectual-access issues as they apply to reference services today, and outlines deficiencies in traditional cataloging, and corresponding attributes of Web-based intellectual access. Notes ways that catalogers and public-service librarians can address these issues. (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Cataloging, Comparative Analysis, Indexes
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Crawford, Walt – Public-Access Computer Systems Review, 1992
Provides several examples of drawbacks encountered when technological improvements are applied to the public access of library databases. Suggests that technological advances all carry some trade-off and that they should be employed cautiously. (NRP)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Bibliographic Databases, Evaluation
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Benemann, William E. – RSR: Reference Services Review, 1994
Describes a feasibility study which focused on converting Japanese-American evacuation and relocation photographs to digital format for improved access and preservation. Problems and issues surrounding indexing the collection, the use of Library of Congress Subject Headings and authority files, and public service issues raised by a digital image…
Descriptors: Access to Information, College Libraries, Feasibility Studies, Higher Education
Kriz, Harry M. – 1992
This paper describes the techniques for implementing a full-screen, custom SPIRES interface for a public-use library database. The database-independent protocol that controls the system is described in detail. Source code for an entire working application using this interface is included. The protocol, with less than 170 lines of procedural code,…
Descriptors: Access to Information, College Libraries, Computer System Design, Database Management Systems