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Enhancing Access to Information

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Enhancing Access to Information addresses the problem when a library has limited catalog access. It discusses the various technological possibilities to help the cataloger once again cover the entire collection with his system. For centuries, the catalog has served as the primary access point to the information sources of a particular library. The principal role of the catalog has been to index and describe the information contained within the library's collection. However, despite all of the advancements in ...
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Overview

Enhancing Access to Information addresses the problem when a library has limited catalog access. It discusses the various technological possibilities to help the cataloger once again cover the entire collection with his system. For centuries, the catalog has served as the primary access point to the information sources of a particular library. The principal role of the catalog has been to index and describe the information contained within the library's collection. However, despite all of the advancements in modern technology, today's library catalog system tends to index only a very small percentage of the library's comprehensive collection.

The ability to expand the catalog beyond its traditional boundaries is now within our grasp, and this volume explores several ways to do it. The chapters cover a wide range of methods for improving access to information by building upon the existing catalog. Topics covered include enhancing access to existing records, adding databases for materials not traditionally included in the catalog, improving search software, enhancing the user interface, and linking a diverse array of library systems. Several reports come from libraries that have already taken the initial steps toward reclaiming the role of the catalog as the complete index to the collection. This inspiring book encourages others to explore new ways of improving access through the catalog.

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Table of Contents

Contents Introduction
  • PAST PROBLEMS AND PRESENT SOLUTIONS
  • The Twenty-First Century Limited: Designing Catalogs for the Next Century
  • ENHANCEMENTS TO THE TRADITIONAL CATALOG
  • Bibliographic Records Enhancement: From the Drawing Board to the Catalog Screen
  • Enhancing Access to the Library's Collections: A View from an Academic Health Center Library
  • Of Eggs and Baskets: Getting More Access Out of LC Subject Headings in an Online Environment
  • Getting More Out of Call Numbers: Displaying Holdings, Locations, and Circulation Status
  • BUILDING BETTER SEARCH ENGINES
  • The Next Generation of Online Public Access Catalogs: A New Look at Subject Access Using Hypermedia
  • LINKING SYSTEMS FOR REMOTE ACCESS
  • Remote Access: Design Implications for the Online Catalog
  • User Instruction for Access to Catalogs and Database on the Internet
  • BUILDING THE CATALOG THROUGH NON-TRADITIONAL DATABASES
  • Linking Library Records to Bibliographic Databases: An Analysis of Common Data Elements in BIOSIS, Agricola, and the OPAC
  • Adding a Nonlibrary Campus Collection to the Library Database
  • Bulk Loading of Records for Microform Sets Into the Online Catalog
  • SYSTEMS OF TODAY, VISIONS OF TOMORROW: ENHANCED SYSTEMS CURRENTLY IN OPERATION
  • The Georgia Institute of Technology Electronic Library: Issues to Consider
  • Opening Up Information Access Through the Electronic Catalog
  • Reference Notes Included
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