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Tedd, Lucy A. – Journal of Documentation, 1987
Reviews developments in the use of computer systems in libraries in Great Britain, North America, and other countries from 1966 to date. Highlights include MARC developments, cooperative cataloging services, use of microcomputers and minicomputers, turnkey systems, and online public access catalogs; 102 references are provided. (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Bibliographic Utilities, Cataloging, Cooperative Programs, Developed Nations
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Electronic Library, 1997
A follow-up interview with librarians from Hong Kong, Mexico, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand about library automation systems in their libraries and their plans for the future. Discusses system performance, upgrades, services, resources, intranets, trends in automation, Web interfaces, full-text image/document systems, document delivery, OPACs…
Descriptors: Computer Interfaces, Document Delivery, Foreign Countries, Full Text Databases
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Kirkland, Janice, Ed. – Library Trends, 1989
Eleven articles discuss the response of library users and personnel to automation. Topics covered include computerized reference services, online public access catalogs, paraprofessional staff perceptions of technology, organizational and managerial impacts of automation, workshops on new technology, gender differences in motivation to manage and…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Librarian Attitudes
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Lighthall, Lynne – Canadian Library Journal, 1990
Reports results of a 1989 survey of vendors who supply microcomputer-based modular and integrated systems to Canadian school libraries for automation of six basic library functions: acquisitions, cataloging, online public access catalogs, circulation, serials management, and media management. System installations by region, vendor, and type of…
Descriptors: Cataloging, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Integrated Library Systems
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Cherry, Joan M.; Clinton, Marshall – Canadian Library Journal, 1992
Reports results of 1990 study that examined user satisfaction with OPACs (online public access catalogs) at 5 Ontario universities through interviews with 2,916 students and faculty members. Data on OPAC and computer experience, learning methods, and the effects of several variables on satisfaction are analyzed for the entire sample and for each…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer Literacy, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
Miller, Marilyn L.; Shontz, Marilyn – School Library Journal, 1994
Examines statistics for school library media centers that have installed both an automated circulation system and an online public access catalog and compares them with other library media centers at other levels of automation. Highlights include staffing, including salaries and experience; expenditures for technology and for print materials; and…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Integrated Library Systems, Learning Resources Centers
Zumer, Maja – 1993
End-user interfaces for the online public access catalogs (OPACs) of OhioLINK, a system linking major university and research libraries in Ohio, and its 16 member libraries, accessible through the Internet, are compared and evaluated from the user-oriented perspective. A common, systematic framework was used for the scientific observation of the…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Comparative Analysis, Computer Networks, Computer Software
Fink, Kenneth D. – 2000
This paper provides descriptions of key online history resources useful to teachers, librarians, and other education professionals. Highlights include: primary sources on the Internet; archives; Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs); the American Historical Association (AHA) Web site; state and federal government resources; business history…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, History, Information Retrieval
Marchionini, Gary; Gattone, Dean – 1985
A study of ways in which users conduct subject searches with an online public access catalog (OPAC) was performed at the College Park Campus of the University of Maryland. Both process (search patterns) and product (search results) variables were examined with respect to individual characteristics of 39 volunteers, many of whom were master's level…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Correlation, Graduate Students, Higher Education
Konkel, Mary S. – 1990
Library environments and the methods of providing services to library patrons are drastically changing with the availability of new technologies. Online public access catalogs are replacing card catalogs, CD-ROM databases have encroached upon the domain of their paper counterparts, and newspapers, encyclopedias, and dictionaries are also available…
Descriptors: Career Change, Job Satisfaction, Librarian Attitudes, Library Technical Processes
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Mendelsohn, Jennifer – RQ, 1994
Examines the provision of in-person help to users seeking information on online public access catalogs (OPACs). A significant change in the demand for service was identified when there was a change from offering traditional from-the-desk service to point-of-use help at the OPAC terminals. Results suggest that while it is important to continue to…
Descriptors: Information Services, Libraries, Library Services, Online Catalogs
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Phillips, John C.; King-Blandford, Marcia – Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 1997
With the introduction of the library's OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog), CD-ROMs, the Internet, and OhioLINK, the University of Toledo library is faced with technological, instructional, and other challenges. The main challenge is the lack of a mediated classroom for group instruction. Current paper-based teaching methods do not always allow…
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Computer Networks, Group Instruction, Information Technology
Matthews, Joseph R. – Library Journal, 1982
Reviews the questions and issues which must be addressed as libraries enter an age in which the development of online catalogs for library users is becoming more feasible. Viability of online catalogs, current activities in catalog development, variables involved in catalog design, and the potential of online systems are discussed. (JL)
Descriptors: Computer Output Microfilm, Computers, Costs, Design Requirements
Jenkins, Darrell L. – 1989
The development, testing, introduction, evaluation, and refinement of a user interface for a statewide, multi-library online public access catalog network can be a very involved and politically complex enterprise. A multitude of perspectives, assumptions, preferences, and needs accompanies the multitude of players involved, i.e., library…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Computer System Design, Employee Attitudes, Evaluation Needs
McClintock, Marsha Hamilton, Ed. – 1983
This report summarizes the proceedings of a conference that brought together 35 librarians, network representatives, and system vendors to exchange information on the training of users of online public access catalogs. Three papers are presented: "Historic Concerns in Library Instruction: Teaching the Card Catalog," by Evan Farber;…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Educational Media, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
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