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Slone, Deborah J. – Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 2000
Reports on a qualitative study that explored strategies and behaviors of public library users during interaction with an online public access catalog, and users' confidence in finding needed information online. Discusses results of questionnaires, interviews, and observations that examined unknown-item searches, area searches, and known-item…
Descriptors: Interviews, Library Catalogs, Man Machine Systems, Observation
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Livingstone, John H. – Library Hi Tech, 1996
Describes New Jersey libraries' specific goals for providing the public with electronic access to bibliographic data and government information as well as electronic interlibrary loan and document delivery. Other highlights include results of a public library survey concerning electronic access to information, dial-in access to online public…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Dial Access Information Systems, Document Delivery, Electronic Libraries
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Witt, Maria – Electronic Library, 1990
Provides background on the holdings, services, and layout of the mediatheque (multimedia library) at the Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie (originally the Museum of Science, Technology, and Industry) in Paris. The library's online public access catalog and use of the catalog by children and the visually handicapped are described. (four…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Catalogs, Public Libraries, Scientific and Technical Information
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Fidler, Linda M.; Johnson, Debra Wilcox – Public Libraries, 1994
Discusses and compares the incorporation of technology by larger public libraries in Canada and the United States. Technology mentioned includes online public access catalogs; remote and local online database searching; microcomputers and software for public use; and fax, voice mail, and Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf and Teletype writer…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Comparative Analysis, Computer Networks, Databases
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Elsweiler, John A., Jr.; And Others – Library Software Review, 1990
Presents summaries of 12 papers presented at the 1990 Computers in Libraries Conference. Topics discussed include online searching; microcomputer-based serials management; microcomputer-based workstations; online public access catalogs (OPACs); multitype library networking; CD-ROM searches; locally mounted online databases; collection evaluation;…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer Software, Costs, Elementary Secondary Education
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Wildin, Nancy – Library Hi Tech, 1997
Discussion of public libraries, the Internet, and the World Wide Web focuses on development of a Web site in Washington. Highlights include access to the Internet through online public access catalogs; partnerships between various types of libraries; hardware and software; HTML training; content design; graphics design; marketing; evaluation; and…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Graphics, Computer Software, Content Analysis
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Thompson, Dorothea M.; And Others – RQ, 1994
Assessed library instruction initiatives with respect to OPACs by surveying 414 academic, public, school, and special libraries. Most participants' libraries have modified library OPAC software; librarians continue to teach use of the online catalog; few systems have built-in tutorials; and few have computer-assisted instruction. (Author/JKP)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Computer Assisted Instruction, Information Services
Bishop, Ann P., Ed. – 1994
This annual conference, with over 25 speakers and 200 attendees, provided an opportunity for information professionals to discuss their experiences and concerns related to computer networking. The papers presented in this proceedings focus on providing network access, training network users, and incorporating networked information into library…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cataloging, Economic Factors, Futures (of Society)
Fannin, Mary JoEllen – 1993
This study suggests that it is important to study library users' reaction to and satisfaction with the instruction given to them for use of the online public access catalog (OPAC). The objective of this study was to discover the types of instruction that users at the Beavercreek Community Library (Ohio) feel are most useful in learning the OPAC.…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Intermode Differences, Library Catalogs, Library Guides
Elder, Kristen L. – 1996
The "see" and "see also" references in a library's catalog are supposed to provide the cross-references necessary to guide the user to the appropriate subject heading. However, libraries have difficulty maintaining the current, accurate subject authority files needed to facilitate this. A review of the literature in this…
Descriptors: Authority Control (Information), Cataloging, Library Catalogs, Library Technical Processes
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Hill, Heather; Bossaller, Jenny – Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 2013
This article describes a multi-method research project examining the use of various freely available online collections and projects, such as Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, and Creative Commons-licensed ebooks, by public libraries. This research begins with the questions: what are libraries doing with freely available materials? Are…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Internet, Mixed Methods Research, Books
Reinwand, Louis; And Others – 1994
This manual is designed to assist public libraries in Utah in their use of the Internet. Many of the examples used were created specifically to explain the use of products that the Utah Library Network provides for public libraries in Utah. The introduction provides background history and general information about the Internet and general…
Descriptors: Electronic Mail, File Transfer Protocol, Indexes, Interlibrary Loans
Barnett, John; McMorran, Charles; Schlein, Andrew – American Libraries, 1997
Despite predictions that the Latino population will become the nation's largest minority group, mainstream publishing offers few titles for Spanish-language collections development. This article describes how the San Antonio (TX) public library has developed a "Latino Collection." Includes highlights on how the Queens Borough (NY) Public…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Chinese, Korean, Library Collections
Denton, Ann; Mahood, Ramona M. – 1989
Members of the Tennessee Library Association's Technical Services Roundtable examined the extent to which the developing technology of automation is being utilized by the state's libraries. The survey encompassed technical service activities and had a two-fold thrust: to determine how automation is being employed, and to compile an inventory of…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Higher Education, Library Automation, Library Surveys
Westrum, Anne-Lena – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Technology makes it possible to redefine libraries and make them relevant to the public once again. But how good are the digital services offered by public libraries today? The digital services department team of the Pode project at Norway's Oslo Public Library has spent the last 2 years investigating the possibilities available in order to…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Metadata
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