Improving Online Public Access Catalogs

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Yee, cataloging supervisor at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and Layne, head of the UCLA cataloging division at the Physical Sciences and Technology Libraries, have written a practical guide to help those librarians who want a better understanding of online public access catalogs (OPACs) and how patrons interface with them to obtain information. They have organized their book primarily around the two main types of searching that users do in OPACs: 1) searching for particular authors and for their works, and 2) searching for works on a particular subject. Design for each of these is broken down into three categories: file and index structure, indexing, and display. The authors provide many suggestions for making OPACs appear to be simple to use while carrying out the inherently complex operation of searching and displaying bibliographic records. Numerous illustrations of both problems and solutions are included. The list of user studies consulted is also helpful. For public and academic librarians.--Susan E. Ketcham, Long Island Univ.-Southampton Coll. Lib., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838907306
  • Publisher: American Library Association
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 10.03 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Objectives, Interfaces, and Building Blocks 1
1 Objectives of the Catalog: History of OPACs; Research in Catalog Use 5
2 Interfaces 14
3 The Building Blocks: The Structure of Bibliographic and Authority Records 22
Pt. II Demonstration of Relationships - Authors and Works 43
4 Demonstration of Relationships - Authors and Works - File and Index Structure Decisions 45
5 Demonstration of Relationships - Authors and Works - Indexing Decisions 63
6 Demonstration of Relationships - Authors and Works - Display Decisions 87
7 Demonstration of Relationships - Authors and Works - Summary - Desirable Defaults 122
Pt. III Demonstration of Relationships - Subjects 129
8 Demonstration of Relationships - Subjects - File Structure Decisions 131
9 Demonstration of Relationships - Subjects - Indexing Decisions 153
10 Demonstration of Relationships - Subjects - Display Decisions 165
11 Demonstration of Relationships - Subjects - Summary - Desirable Defaults 194
Pt. IV Other Relationships and Future Developments 199
12 Other Relationships 201
13 Future Developments 206
App. A User Studies Consulted 209
App. B Cataloging Classics for the Inquiring System Designer 213
App. C Searching Catalogs on the Internet 214
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