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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
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Su, Shiao-Feng – Library Quarterly, 1994
Traces the development of online public access catalogs (OPACs) and compares what has occurred with a 1964 article that outlined recommendations for a future card catalog. Subject access is emphasized, including Library of Congress Subject Headings, expansion of OPACs, user-friendly interfaces, new technologies, and current visions of the future…
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Library Catalogs, Online Catalogs, Subject Index Terms
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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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Khoo, Christopher S. G.; Poo, Danny C. C. – Information Processing and Management, 1994
Reviews methods to improve online catalogs for subject searching and describes the design of an expert system front-end to improve subject access in online public access catalogs that focuses on search strategies. Implementation of a prototype system at the National University of Singapore is described, and reformulation strategies are discussed.…
Descriptors: Expert Systems, Higher Education, Library Catalogs, Literature Reviews
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White, Frank – Library Software Review, 1994
Discussion of online help systems in online public access catalogs (OPACs) focuses on a study that evaluated the online help system for the NOTIS (Northwestern Online Total Integrated System) OPAC. Features of the system reviewed include online functions; training features; general interface features; access points; and message content and display…
Descriptors: Computer Software Evaluation, Library Catalogs, Online Catalogs, Search Strategies
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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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Oliva, Victor T. – College & Research Libraries, 2000
Reviews the value of federal depository document titles and discuses reasons why many are worth cataloging. Several approaches to cataloging these titles to make them more readily accessible are profiled. The Adelphi University Library (New York) has devised a system, using Boolean logic and an online public access catalog to choose which titles…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Cataloging, Depository Libraries
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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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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Clyde, L. Anne – School Libraries in Canada, 2000
Discusses the value of school library automation, and suggests that an automated school library is the right of every child and teacher. Examines the role of the teacher librarian in the current environment; advantages of Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs); and trends towards greater convergence in information technology applications in the…
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education
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Weiskel, Timothy C. – Library Hi Tech, 1991
An online system designed to help global environmental research, the electronic research system called Eco-Link draws data from various electronic sources including online catalogs and databases, CD-ROMs, electronic news sources, and electronic data subscription services to produce briefing booklets on environmental issues. It can be accessed by…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Networks, Databases, Environmental Research
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Lee, Newton S. – Information Technology and Libraries, 1991
Describes the Multimedia Visualizer, an online public access catalog (OPAC) that uses animated visualizations to make it more user friendly. Pictures of the system are shown that illustrate the interactive objects that patrons can access, including card catalog drawers, librarian desks, and bookshelves; and access to multimedia items is described.…
Descriptors: Animation, Bibliographic Records, Library Automation, Library Catalogs
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Cooper, Linda – Public & Access Services Quarterly, 1997
Discusses the problems encountered by elementary school children in retrieving information from a library catalog, either the traditional card catalog or an OPAC (online public access catalog). An alternative system of classification using colors and symbols is described that was developed in the Common School (Amherst, Massachusetts). (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Classification, Elementary Education, Information Retrieval, Learning Resources Centers
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Livingstone, John H. – Library Hi Tech, 1996
Describes New Jersey libraries' specific goals for providing the public with electronic access to bibliographic data and government information as well as electronic interlibrary loan and document delivery. Other highlights include results of a public library survey concerning electronic access to information, dial-in access to online public…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Dial Access Information Systems, Document Delivery, Electronic Libraries
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