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Chisman, Janet; Walbridge, Sharon; Diller, Karen – College & Research Libraries, 1999
Discusses the development and results of usability testing of Washington State University's Web-based OPAC (online public access catalog); examines how easily users could navigate the catalog and whether they understood what they were seeing; and identifies problems and what action if any was taken. (LRW)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Case Studies, Higher Education, Library Catalogs
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Kieran, Shirley; Sauve, Diane – Library Hi Tech, 1997
Provides an overview of the Quebec National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale du Quebec, or BNQ) Web site. Highlights include issues related to content, design, and technology; IRIS, the BNQ online public access catalog; development of the multimedia catalog; software; digitization of documents; links to bibliographic records; and future…
Descriptors: Bibliographic Records, Computer Software, Content Analysis, Design Requirements
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Hawks, Carol Pitts – Library Resources and Technical Services, 1992
Discussion of integrated library systems focuses on the development of the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK). Capabilities of eight existing systems are described, including catalog creation and maintenance; the online public access catalog (OPAC); circulation, interlibrary loan, and document delivery; acquisitions and serials…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cataloging, Comparative Analysis, Computer Networks
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Meyer, Paul – Electronic Library, 1991
Discusses the need for online help for end-users based on experiences with an online public access catalog (OPAC) at the University of Cape Town libraries. The concept of end users is examined, the role of search intermediaries in information systems is explained, and online help and systems design is discussed. (LRW)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer System Design, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
Adams, Judith A. – Library Journal, 1988
Discussion of consequences of library automation argues that technology should be used to augment access to information. Online public access catalogs are considered in this context, along with several related issues such as system incompatibility, invasion of privacy, barriers to database access and manipulation, and user fees, which contribute…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Fees, Higher Education
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Elsweiler, John A., Jr.; And Others – Library Software Review, 1990
Presents summaries of 12 papers presented at the 1990 Computers in Libraries Conference. Topics discussed include online searching; microcomputer-based serials management; microcomputer-based workstations; online public access catalogs (OPACs); multitype library networking; CD-ROM searches; locally mounted online databases; collection evaluation;…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer Software, Costs, Elementary Secondary Education
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Wildin, Nancy – Library Hi Tech, 1997
Discussion of public libraries, the Internet, and the World Wide Web focuses on development of a Web site in Washington. Highlights include access to the Internet through online public access catalogs; partnerships between various types of libraries; hardware and software; HTML training; content design; graphics design; marketing; evaluation; and…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Graphics, Computer Software, Content Analysis
McKay, Sharon Cline – EContent, 1999
Discusses issues librarians need to consider when providing access to electronic journals. Topics include gateways; index and abstract services; validation and pay-per-view; title selection; integration with OPACs (online public access catalogs)or Web sites; paper availability; ownership versus access; usage restrictions; and services offered…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Electronic Journals, Gateway Systems, Library Catalogs
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Markey, Karen – Information Technology and Libraries, 1983
Findings of focused-group interviews conducted for OCLC study of library users and online public access catalogs (OPACs) indicate users like OPACs, have problems finding right subject heading, envision features to improve subject access, want access to more than books, and want OPACs to provide new services. Eight references are listed. (EJS)
Descriptors: Databases, Information Retrieval, Interviews, Library Catalogs
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Lucas, Thomas A. – College and Research Libraries, 1993
Describes a transaction log analysis of the New York Public Library research libraries' OPAC (online public access catalog). Much of the remote searching occurred when the libraries were closed and was more evenly distributed than internal searching, demonstrating that remote searching could expand access and reduce peak system loads. (Contains…
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Information Management, Library Automation, Library Catalogs
Jarvis, William E. – Database, 1985
Discusses the integration of subject pathfinders into online public access catalogs (OPAC) through following features: within the OPAC, offline user guide manuals, remotely printed upon user request, or online as saved searches displayed in help screen format. Excerpts of a pathfinder display for biotechnology are presented. Four sources are…
Descriptors: Display Systems, Information Retrieval, Library Catalogs, Library Guides
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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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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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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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Besser, Howard – Library Trends, 1990
Discusses the problem of access in managing image collections and describes a prototype system for the University of California Berkeley which would include the University Art Museum, Architectural Slide Library, Geography Department's Map Library and Lowie Museum of Anthropology photographs. The system combines an online public access catalog…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Archives, Computer Graphics
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