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Antelman, Kristin – Reference Services Review, 1992
Describes a Macintosh user interface to the NOTIS (Northwestern Online Total Integrated System) online public access catalog (OPAC) developed at the University of Delaware. Adaptation of the HyperCard-based interface from Cornell University, MacPAC, is described; testing and marketing is discussed; and future developments are addressed. (six…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer Graphics, Computer System Design, Evaluation Methods
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Hildreth, Charles R. – Information Technology and Libraries, 1997
Reports on a study of keyword and Boolean searching by users of an online public access catalog (OPAC) at the University of Oklahoma. Results of survey questionnaires and transaction log analysis indicate users search more often by keyword, even though the search usually fails and they don't understand it. (15 tables) (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Higher Education, Keywords, Library Catalogs
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Tolle, John E.; And Others – Information Technology and Libraries, 1983
Discusses a study conducted at Ohio State University Libraries to develop and test a model that accurately estimates number of terminals required in an online public access catalog system. Data collection, research methodology, standard statistical distributions, and queuing models are noted. Four references are cited. (EJS)
Descriptors: College Libraries, Higher Education, Input Output Devices, Library Catalogs
Spink, Amanda; Beatty, Leslie – Proceedings of the ASIS Annual Meeting, 1995
Results are reported from a study that investigated the extent to which academic library end users conducted multiple search sessions with online public access catalogs or CD-ROM databases at different stages of their information seeking related to a research project. Implications for training, retrieval systems design, and further research are…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer System Design, Databases, Higher Education
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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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Dennis, Nancy K; Carter, Christina E.; Bordeianu, Sever – Library Hi Tech, 1997
Discusses the implementation of Web-based online public access catalogs in academic libraries. Highlights include infrastructure issues, including the server, network issues, and desktop workstation issues; recommended minimal desktop configuration; reference services; staff training; cataloging and access; workflow of acquisition and processing;…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Cataloging, Computer Networks
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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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Li, Yiu-On; Leung, Shirley W. – Library Resources & Technical Services, 2001
Discussion of aggregator databases focuses on a project at the Hong Kong Baptist University library to integrate full-text electronic journal titles from three unstable aggregator databases into its online public access catalog (OPAC). Explains the development of the electronic journal computer program (EJCOP) to generate MARC records for…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cataloging, Computer Software Development, Databases
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Hardin, Steve – CD-ROM Professional, 1991
Describes how the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) and several other databases were added to the online public access catalog at Indiana State University, and explores impacts of enhancing access in this manner at several academic libraries. Telecommunications and software design consideration are also discussed, together with…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Bibliographic Databases, Comparative Analysis
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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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Akeroyd, John – Journal of Documentation, 1990
Discussion of online public access catalogs focuses on a study that evaluated 3 different systems in Great Britain. Comparative evaluations were made using structured exercises to determine searching techniques and transaction logs to investigate user behavior. Comments on future research are also given. (12 references) (LRW)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Library Catalogs
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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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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
Basista, Thomas; And Others – Microcomputers for Information Management, 1991
Discussion of problems with retrieval of records in library online public access catalogs (OPACs) focuses on an ongoing research project at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) that has been trying to improve subject retrieval vocabulary control using natural and thesaural language and on the design of a good graphical user interface.…
Descriptors: Bibliographic Records, Computer Graphics, Computer System Design, Information Retrieval
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Slone, Deborah J. – Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 2000
Reports on a qualitative study that explored strategies and behaviors of public library users during interaction with an online public access catalog, and users' confidence in finding needed information online. Discusses results of questionnaires, interviews, and observations that examined unknown-item searches, area searches, and known-item…
Descriptors: Interviews, Library Catalogs, Man Machine Systems, Observation
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