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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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Culkin, Patricia B. – Information Technology and Libraries, 1989
Discusses the need to reassess the objectives of online public access catalogs and how those objectives might be met before costly investments are made in electronic versions of "other data" for online catalogs. Several objectives are outlined and their feasibility in the modern telecommunications environment is examined. (two references) (CLB)
Descriptors: Bibliographic Databases, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Information Systems
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Hildreth, Charles R. – Information Technology and Libraries, 1983
This editorial addresses the issue of whether or not to provide free-text, keyword/boolean search capabilities in the information retrieval mechanisms of online public access catalogs and discusses online catalogs developed prior to 1980--keyword searching, phrase searching, and precoordination and postcoordination. (EJS)
Descriptors: Information Retrieval, Library Catalogs, Library Planning, Online Systems
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Spore, Stuart – Library Hi Tech, 1991
Discussion of downloading from online public access catalogs focuses on downloading to MS-DOS microcomputers from the INNOPAC online catalog system. Tools for capturing and postprocessing downloaded files are described, technical and institutional constraints on downloading are addressed, and an innovative program for overcoming such constraints…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer System Design, Databases, Higher Education
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Caffarella, Edward P. – TechTrends, 1996
Geared for school library media specialists whose centers are in the early stages of automation or conversion to a new system, this article focuses on major components of media center automation: circulation control; online public access catalogs; machine readable cataloging; retrospective conversion of print catalog cards; and computer networks…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Uses in Education, Library Automation, Library Circulation
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Folda, Linda; And Others – North Carolina Libraries, 1989
Issues related to library online systems are discussed in six articles. Topics covered include staff education through vendor demonstrations, evaluation of online public access catalogs, the impact of integrated online systems on cataloging operations, the merits of smart and dumb barcodes, and points to consider in planning for the next online…
Descriptors: Cataloging, Evaluation Criteria, Integrated Library Systems, Library Automation
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Campbell, Bonnie – Library Hi Tech, 1984
InfoQUEST is a microcomputer-based online public access catalog, designed for the small library handling file sizes up to 25,000 records. Based on the IBM-PC, or compatible machines, the system will accept downloading, in batch mode, of records from the library's file on the UTLAS Catalog Support System. (Author/EJS)
Descriptors: Databases, Display Systems, Information Retrieval, Information Systems
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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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Riger, Robert E. – Special Libraries, 1992
Discusses retrospective catalog conversion from the viewpoint of a law firm library. Topics discussed include reasons for retrospective conversion; preplanning; suggestions for the selection of software; conducting an inventory of the collection; sources of MARC bibliographic records; setting up an online public access catalog; and marketing…
Descriptors: Bibliographic Records, Computer Software Selection, Guidelines, Law Libraries
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Cherry, Joan M. – Information Technology and Libraries, 1998
Evaluation of data from assessments of full bibliographic displays in academic library OPACs (online public access catalogs) and World Wide Web catalogs against a checklist of desirable features found that OPAC displays scored 58% and Web displays scored 60%. Discusses weaknesses, focusing on those found in the majority of the displays…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Bibliographic Records, Check Lists, Comparative Analysis
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Fidler, Linda M.; Johnson, Debra Wilcox – Public Libraries, 1994
Discusses and compares the incorporation of technology by larger public libraries in Canada and the United States. Technology mentioned includes online public access catalogs; remote and local online database searching; microcomputers and software for public use; and fax, voice mail, and Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf and Teletype writer…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Comparative Analysis, Computer Networks, Databases
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Henry, Marcia – Internet Research, 1997
Provides current descriptions of some of the major directories that link to library catalogs on the World Wide Web. Highlights include LibWeb; Hytelnet; WebCats; WWW Library Directory; and techniques for finding new library OPAC (online public access catalog) directories. (LRW)
Descriptors: Library Catalogs, Online Catalogs, World Wide Web
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Moscoso, Purificacion; Ortiz-Repiso, Virginia – Information Technology and Libraries, 1999
Analyzes the change that Internet-based OPACs (Online Public Access Catalogs) have represented to the structure, administration, and maintenance of the catalogs, retrieval systems, and user interfaces. Examines the structure of databases and traditional principles that have governed systems development. Discusses repercussions of the application…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Change, Computer Interfaces, Computer System Design
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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