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Bailey, Kieren – Computers in Libraries, 2011
What do Google Maps and a library's Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) have in common? Google Maps provides users with all the information they need for a trip in one place; users can get directions and find out what attractions, hotels, and restaurants are close by. Librarians must find the ultimate OPAC that will provide, in one place, all the…
Descriptors: Online Catalogs, Librarians, Libraries, Users (Information)
Casey, Michael E.; Savastinuk, Laura C. – Library Journal, 2006
Libraries are changing. Funding limits and customer demands are transforming staffing levels, service models, access to resources, and services to the public. Administrators and taxpayers are seeking more efficient ways of delivering services to achieve greater returns on financial investments. In this article, the author discusses the benefits of…
Descriptors: Online Catalogs, Library Networks, Libraries, Library Services
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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
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Sutton, Brett – Information Technology and Libraries, 1990
Describes PCBIS, a database program for MS-DOS microcomputers that features a utility for automatically converting online public access catalog search results stored as text files into structured database files that can be searched, sorted, edited, and printed. Topics covered include the general features of the program, record structure, record…
Descriptors: Database Management Systems, Microcomputers, Online Catalogs, Users (Information)
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Yee, Martha M. – Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 1991
Discusses features of online public access catalogs: (1) demonstration of relationships between records; (2) provision of entry vocabularies; (3) arrangement of multiple entries on the screen; (4) provision of access points; (5) display of single records; and (6) division of catalogs into separate files or indexes. User studies and other research…
Descriptors: Cataloging, Computer Software, Computer System Design, Indexing
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Ensor, Pat – Information Technology and Libraries, 1992
Discussion of keyword and Boolean searching techniques in online public access catalogs (OPACs) focuses on a study conducted at Indiana State University that examined users' attitudes toward searching on NOTIS (Northwestern Online Total Integrated System). Relevant literature is reviewed, and implications for library instruction are suggested. (17…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Higher Education, Library Catalogs, Library Instruction
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
Hert, Carol A.; Nilan, Michael S. – Proceedings of the ASIS Annual Meeting, 1991
Presents preliminary data that characterizes the relationship between what users say they are trying to accomplish when using an online public access catalog (OPAC) and their perceptions of what input to give the system. Human-machine interaction is discussed, and appropriate methods for evaluating information retrieval systems are considered. (18…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
Rockman, Ilene F.; Adalian, Paul T., Jr. – 1987
This report is designed to raise issues and concerns which will affect the successful implementation of an education and training program once an online public access catalog (OLPAC) has been installed in the Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo. Information presented in the document was gathered…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Costs, Higher Education, Instructional Materials
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Beheshti, Jamshid; And Others – Information Technology and Libraries, 1996
Describes PACE (Public Access Catalogue Extension), an alternative interface designed to enhance online catalogs by simulating images of books and library shelves to help users browse through the catalog. Results of a test in a college library against a text-based online public access catalog, including student attitudes, are described.…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Comparative Analysis, Computer Graphics, Computer Interfaces
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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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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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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
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Meyer, Paul – Electronic Library, 1991
Discusses the need for online help for end-users based on experiences with an online public access catalog (OPAC) at the University of Cape Town libraries. The concept of end users is examined, the role of search intermediaries in information systems is explained, and online help and systems design is discussed. (LRW)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer System Design, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Electronic Library, 1997
Discusses the role of information professionals in the future, based on a session at the Online Information 96 conference in London (England). Topics include equipment and software needs; technological advances; a trend toward distance education; how library users are adapting to change; interlibrary loans; online public access catalogs; and…
Descriptors: Change, Computer Selection, Computer Software, Conferences
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