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Williams, Kate – Library Quarterly, 2012
The informatics moment is the moment when a person seeks help in using some digital technology that is new to him or her. This article examines the informatics moment in people's everyday lives as they sought help at a branch public library. Four types of literacy were involved: basic literacy (reading and writing), computer literacy (use of a…
Descriptors: Library Services, Access to Computers, Disadvantaged, Social Capital
Chan, Lois Mai – 2000
This paper examines how the nature of the World Wide Web and characteristics of networked resources affect subject access and analyzes the requirements of effective indexing and retrieval tools. The current and potential uses of existing tools and possible courses of future development are explored in the context of recent research. The first…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Cataloging, Dewey Decimal Classification, Indexing
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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
Pica, Leiden (Netherlands). – 1992
The Open Library Network (OBN) is intended to connect national and local university library systems in the Netherlands. OBN integrates existing automated library systems and procedures and brings services like catalog searching and document delivery to the desk of the library user. Project results can be grouped into four categories: (1) the new…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Delivery Systems, Foreign Countries, Integrated Library Systems
Illinois Univ., Urbana. University Library. – 1993
In 1990, the Online Catalog Advisory Committee (OCAC) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) charged a subcommittee with developing and implementing ways to measure the impact of the expanded online catalog on staff, users, collections, and library operations. The UIUC's online public access catalog, ILLINET (Illinois Library and…
Descriptors: Access to Information, College Libraries, College Students, Comparative Analysis
Markey, Karen – 1983
As part of a project which evaluated online public access catalogs (OPAC's) through analyses of library patrons' needs and perceptions, self-administered questionnaires were completed by library patrons who were OPAC users and non-users at nine academic and public libraries. Focus group interviews were conducted with OPAC users and non-users, as…
Descriptors: Attitudes, Focus Groups, Information Needs, Information Retrieval
Lawrence, Gary S. – 1982
A national study of users and non-users of public access online catalog systems (OPACs) was undertaken at 29 libraries, representing 15 computer systems, to provide data and interpretations useful to system designers and library administrators. The findings indicate that users have overwhelmingly positive responses to OPACs. Non-users have…
Descriptors: Attitudes, Design Requirements, Library Administration, Library Automation
Wheeler, William J., Ed. – 2000
This book contains the following papers in honor of Pauline Atherton Cochrane on subject access issues in library and information science: (1) "Obstacles in Progress in Mechanized Subject Access and the Necessity of a Paradigm Change" (Robert Fugmann); (2) "On MARC and the Nature of Text Searching: A Review of Pauline Cochrane's…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Indexing, Information Retrieval, Information Science
Cochrane, Pauline A. – 1983
The Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) Entry Vocabulary Project established a routine procedure for new cross references, suggested by designated libraries, to be considered for addition to LCSH entries by the Library of Congress Subject Catalog Division. Since October 1982, suggestions from four libraries (the University of California at…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cataloging, Check Lists, Guidelines
Rockman, Ilene F. – 1989
As libraries automate their collections and mount online public access catalogs (OPACs), they face special challenges in educating patrons to use these electronic systems effectively and efficiently. Because users are less familiar with the concept and arrangement of an OPAC than with a card catalog, less successful searches commonly occur.…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Higher Education, Information Retrieval, Library Instruction
Yee, Martha M. – 1999
This paper describes the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) guidelines for librarians charged with customizing OPAC (online public access catalog) software and vendors and producers of this software. The guidelines are intended to apply to all types of catalog, including World Wide Web-based catalogs, GUI…
Descriptors: Computer Interfaces, Computer Software Development, Computer System Design, Guidelines
Cunningham, Pearley – 1994
A practicum was undertaken to develop a syllabus and support manual for a faculty development workshop in on-line information gathering and communication through the Internet for faculty at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pennsylvania. The practicum sought to determine the appropriate content and amount of time faculty would be…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Electronic Mail, Faculty Development, Internet
Gorman, Michael – 2000
This paper provides an overview of cataloging in the 20th century. Highlights include: (1) issues in 1901, including the emerging cooperative cataloging system and the work of Charles Ammi Cutter; (2) the 1908 code, i.e., "Catalog Rules: Author and Title Entries," published in British and American editions; (3) the Vatican rules, a code…
Descriptors: Cataloging, Library Catalogs, Online Systems, Standards
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
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