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Busey, Paula; Doerr, Tom – Journal of Youth Services in Libraries, 1993
Describes an online public access catalog for children, called the Kid's Catalog. Design objectives include eliminating the barriers to information retrieval outlined in the research literature; being fun, interactive, and respectful of children's intelligence and creativity; motivating children with an expansive range of subjects and search…
Descriptors: Children, Computer Software Development, Information Retrieval, Library Catalogs
Rice, James – Library Journal, 1988
Identifies factors which may account for user dissatisfaction with online public access catalogs (OPACs) and discusses some advantages of OPACs over card catalogs: (1) design for subject searching; (2) flexibility; (3) browsing capability; (4) precision; (5) availability of status information; and (6) development of microcomputer software to…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Card Catalogs, Computer Software, Higher Education
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Millsap, Larry; Ferl, Terry Ellen – Information Technology and Libraries, 1993
Describes a study that examined the search behavior of remote users of the University of California MELVYL online public access catalog by analyzing the transaction logs. Highlights include the number of searches, databases searched, number of retrievals, constructing search commands, problems with search terms, and effectiveness of searches.…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Databases, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
Ensor, Pat – 1990
This report presents the results of a study which explored how patron perceptions and demographics related to keyword/Boolean searching on Indiana State University's (ISU) Library User Information System (LUIS), the online public access catalog (OPAC). Two general theses guide the study: (1) whether the use or non-use of keyword searching on LUIS…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Computer Literacy, Demography, Higher Education
Miido, Helis – 1996
Traditional library tasks, for example database searching, are increasingly performed by library users, forcing both the librarian and the user to assume at times dichotomous roles of teacher and student. Modern librarians install new software and guide organizations in multimedia applications. Librarians need to be cognizant of the human factor,…
Descriptors: Administrators, Automation, Computer Software, Foreign Countries
Lancaster, F. W., Ed. – 1987
The papers in this proceedings consider ways in which user friendly interface design may be used to make online systems in public and academic libraries easier to use, and thus more attractive to potential users. A short introduction by F. W. Lancaster is followed by nine papers: (1) "Linking the Unlinkable" (Michael Gorman); (2)…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer System Design, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
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Azubuike, Abraham A. – Journal of Information Science, 1988
Identifies factors that reduce the effectiveness of computers as intermediaries and discusses possible negative effects on user satisfaction and the interaction between users and librarians. A set of guidelines for the improvement of online catalogs, based on user needs and abilities, is presented. (41 references) (CLB)
Descriptors: Cataloging, Display Systems, Guidelines, Human Factors Engineering