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Xia, Wei – Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 2003
Provides an overview of research conducted at Victoria University of Wellington regarding differing perceptions and expectations of user communities and librarians related to the usability of digital services. Considers access to services, currency of information on the Web site, the online public access catalog, databases, electronic journals,…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Databases, Electronic Journals
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Abdoulaye, Kaba – Electronic Library, 2002
Analyzes and describes bilingual authority files at the main library of the International Islamic University of Malaysia. Highlights include a review of multilingual research; perceptions of end users and catalogers; problems with bilingual files; and use of the OPAC (online public access catalog) by users. (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Authority Control (Information), Cataloging, Foreign Countries
Kalin, Sally W. – Proceedings of the ASIS Annual Meeting, 1991
Describes a study that was conducted to determine whether the searching behavior of remote users of LIAS (Library Information Access System), Pennsylvania State University's online public access catalog (OPAC), differed from those using the OPAC within the library. Differences in search strategies and in user satisfaction are discussed. (eight…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Library Catalogs
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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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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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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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Walton, Carol; And Others – Library Resources and Technical Services, 1986
Surveys of student and faculty attitudes toward proposed online public access catalogs were conducted in 1984 at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore. The traditional card catalog was generally favored; only Swarthmore's faculty gave majority support to the online catalog. Differences between colleges may result from Swarthmore's greater experience with…
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Card Catalogs, College Faculty, College Libraries
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
Everhart, Nancy – Book Report, 2000
Discusses criteria for evaluating school library information services. Highlights include types of services; physical facilities; library usage; circulation statistics; changes due to technology; fill rate, or the percentage of successful searches for library materials; OPAC (online public access catalog) reports; observation; and examining…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Library Catalogs, Library Circulation
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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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Cochrane, Pauline A. – Technicalities, 1989
Reviews the problems of users of online public access catalogs and argues that it is necessary to think of all searching problems as systems problems rather than user failures, and to concentrate research in the area of systems enhancements. A list of improved tools needed for subject searching in online catalogs is identified. (CLB)
Descriptors: Online Catalogs, Online Searching, Research Needs, Search Strategies
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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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Markey, Karen – Information Technology and Libraries, 1983
Findings of focused-group interviews conducted for OCLC study of library users and online public access catalogs (OPACs) indicate users like OPACs, have problems finding right subject heading, envision features to improve subject access, want access to more than books, and want OPACs to provide new services. Eight references are listed. (EJS)
Descriptors: Databases, Information Retrieval, Interviews, Library Catalogs
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Wiberley, Stephen E., Jr.; Daugherty, Robert Allen – College and Research Libraries, 1988
This review of the literature on the effect of information overload on users' information-seeking behavior focuses on librarians' opinions about the number of references that constitute too many, and users' preferences for maximum numbers of references from online searches, online public access catalog postings, and manual indexes. (35 references)…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Indexes, Information Seeking, Information Systems
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