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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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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
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Greenberg, Jane – Information Technology and Libraries, 1997
Assesses the current state of reference structures in online public access catalogs (OPACs) in a framework defined by stagnation, progress, and future challenges. Outlines six areas for reference structure development. Twenty figures provide illustrations. (AEF)
Descriptors: Bibliographic Databases, Futures (of Society), Information Sources, Library Catalogs
Kilgour, Frederick G. – Library Journal, 1984
A review of library technological development and card catalog innovations of the past century and a half precedes a discussion of online public access catalog development. Design requirements and purpose of the online catalog, access techniques and provisions, costs, and future integration are highlighted. Twenty-two references are listed. (EJS)
Descriptors: Cataloging, Computer Oriented Programs, Design Requirements, Library Automation
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Wang, Peiling – Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST), 1999
Discusses methodological issues in empirical studies of information-related behavior in six specific research areas: information needs and uses; information seeking; relevance judgment; online searching (including online public access catalog, online database, and the Web); human-system interactions; and reference transactions. (Contains 191…
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Databases, Information Retrieval, Information Seeking
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Carson, Elizabeth – Canadian Library Journal, 1985
This survey of the literature reveals user and professional opinions of changes in subject access features available for online public access catalogs. Highlights include expanded access to fields already incorporated into traditional MARC record, access to context of the record, and design of the user interface. Twenty-four references are cited.…
Descriptors: Display Systems, Library Catalogs, Library Services, Library Surveys
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Cochrane, Pauline A.; Markey, Karen – Library and Information Science Research, 1983
This review of the transition from library card catalogs to online public access catalogs (OPAC) (1981-1982) discusses methods employed by online catalog use studies (self-administered questionnaires, OPAC transaction logs, focused-group interviews, feature analysis, online search and retrieval experiments) and new directions for OPAC research…
Descriptors: Human Factors Engineering, Information Retrieval, Library Automation, Library Catalogs
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Richards, Timothy F. – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 1984
Discusses key issues to be addressed in planning for introduction of online public access catalog in academic research library environment. Purpose of catalog, reasons to adopt catalog, user behavior, use of catalog records, authority control, shared or unique systems, and impact on staff are highlighted. Seventy-three sources are cited. (EJS)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cataloging, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
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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
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Bordeianu, Sever; Carter, Christina E.; Dennis, Nancy K. – RSR: Reference Services Review, 2000
Describes Web-based online public access catalogs (Web OPACs) and other Web-based tools as gateway methods for providing access to library collections. Addresses solutions for overcoming barriers to information, such as through the implementation of proxy servers and other authentication tools for remote users. (Contains 18 references.)…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Information Dissemination, Information Sources, Integrated Library Systems
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
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Foster, Clifton Dale – Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 1995
A project demonstrated the feasibility of accessing library information (online public access catalogs, commercial online databases, Internet) from a distance using handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) equipped with cellular communication capability. The study is described, and other uses of wireless communications in libraries and…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Networks, Computer Oriented Programs, Databases
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Broadus, Robert N. – College and Research Libraries, 1983
Review of research on online public access catalogs sponsored by Council on Library Resources notes the scope and method (questionnaires administered to catalog users and nonusers in 29 participating institutions) and findings and applications (including organizational setting and computer system, catalog use and satisfaction, and implications).…
Descriptors: Databases, Information Retrieval, Library Catalogs, Library Services
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Broch, Elana – School Library Media Research, 2000
Describes cognitive and affective characteristics of children and teenagers that may affect their Web searching behavior. Reviews literature on children's searching in online public access catalogs (OPACs) and using digital libraries. Profiles two Web search engines. Discusses some of the difficulties children have searching the Web, in the…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Cognitive Processes, Information Retrieval
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