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Improving online public access catalogs

Author: Martha M Yee; Sara Shatford Layne; American Library Association.
Publisher: Chicago : American Library Association, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Technology is improving libraries and the services they offer -- but can your patrons find what they need on your library's OPAC? In this practical guide for librarians and systems designers, the authors describe various OPAC options and explain how users interface with them to obtain information.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Yee, Martha M.
Improving online public access catalogs.
Chicago : American Library Association, 1998
(OCoLC)654159419
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martha M Yee; Sara Shatford Layne; American Library Association.
ISBN: 083890730X 9780838907306
OCLC Number: 38550045
Description: xv, 220 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. I. Objectives, Interfaces, and Building Blocks. 1. Objectives of the Catalog: History of OPACs; Research in Catalog Use. 2. Interfaces. 3. The Building Blocks: The Structure of Bibliographic and Authority Records --
pt. II. Demonstration of Relationships --
Authors and Works. 4. Demonstration of Relationships --
Authors and Works --
File and Index Structure Decisions. 5. Demonstration of Relationships --
Authors and Works --
Indexing Decisions. 6. Demonstration of Relationships --
Authors and Works --
Display Decisions. 7. Demonstration of Relationships --
Authors and Works --
Summary --
Desirable Defaults --
pt. III. Demonstration of Relationships --
Subjects. 8. Demonstration of Relationships --
Subjects --
File Structure Decisions. 9. Demonstration of Relationships --
Subjects --
Indexing Decisions. 10. Demonstration of Relationships --
Subjects --
Display Decisions. 11. Demonstration of Relationships --
Subjects --
Summary --
Desirable Defaults --
pt. IV. Other Relationships and Future Developments. 12. Other Relationships. 13. Future Developments --
App. A. User Studies Consulted --
App. B. Cataloging Classics for the Inquiring System Designer --
App. C. Searching Catalogs on the Internet.
Responsibility: Martha M. Yee and Sara Shatford Layne.

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