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Works: 356 works in 426 publications in 1 language and 2,154 library holdings
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Annual review of OCLC research by OCLC( )

in English and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

OPACs and beyond : proceedings of a joint meeting of the British Library, DBMIST, and OCLC, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., Dublin, Ohio, August 17-18, 1988 by DBMIST, and OCLC Joint Meeting of the British Library( )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Assessing information on the Internet : toward providing library services for computer-mediated communication by Martin Dillon( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates the nature of electronic textual information available through remote access using the Internet, and the practical and theoretical problems associated with cataloging them
Research report on the process of subject searching in the library catalog : final report of the subject access research project by Karen Markey( Book )

6 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dewey decimal classification online project : evaluation of a library schedule and index integrated into the subject searching capabilities of an online catalog by Karen Markey( )

6 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this research project, subject terms from the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) Schedules and Relative Index were incorporated into an online catalog as searcher's tools for subject access, browsing, and display. Four features of the DDC were employed to help searchers browse for and match their own subject terms with the online catalog's terminology: (1) subject terms in the DDC Schedules; (2) hierarchical arrays of related terms in the DDC Schedules; (3) subject terms in the DDC Relative Index; and (4) class numbers in the DDC Schedules and Relative Index. The effectiveness of the DDC in an online catalog was tested in online retrieval experiments with library patrons and staff at the Library of Congress, the New York State Library, the Public Library of Columbus and Franklin County (Ohio), and the Mathematics Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The research findings chiefly address subject searchers' use of a library classification in the information retrieval environment of an online catalog. These findings provide insight into searchers' problems with online displays of the DDC Schedules and Relative Index, bibliographic record displays enhanced with subject information from the DDC, and online catalog capabilities necessary to support searching, displaying, and retrieving library cataloging and classification information. As a research project studying online catalog use, the DDC Online Project furthers general knowledge of library patron use of online catalogs, regardless of the extent to which these catalogs have been enhanced by a library classification. (Author/THC)
Current utilization of online catalogs : transaction log analysis by John E Tolle( )

4 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a continuation of research into online public access catalog systems (OPAC's), this study focused on the actual use of OPAC's and on refinement of the methodologies used in carrying out transaction analysis studies. Current patron use patterns were obtained via machine-readable catalogs from four online public catalog systems: The Library of Congress, Syracuse University, Dallas Public Library, and The Ohio State University. Data were also collected in the searching of 76 oclc public terminals at 53 additional libraries. Such data included terminal identification, user commands and codes, system commands and codes, the search key, session beginning and ending, user and system response times, search text, and dates. Results indicate that accurate information on the amount of time spent at the terminals is unavailable except at The Ohio State University; time spent at terminals is higher than time spent at card catalogs at the same institution; errors frequently occur in sequence; and transaction log analysis is an effective tool for studying user behavior. Utilizing the opac transaction tapes, statistical measures have established the relative use of commands within the systems and the sequences of actions to determine user patterns. This report includes 71 illustrations and 46 tables. (Author/LMM)
A comprehensive study of online public access catalogs : an overview and application of findings by Neal K Kaske( )

5 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report covers the background, scope, and findings of a multifaceted research project which focused on data collection and analysis related to online public access systems (OPAC's); the ultimate goal of this project is to improve information access through opac design and enhancement. To assist library decision-makers when planning for the initial installation of OPAC's or the enhancement of existing systems, this volume evaluates and integrates the findings detailed in the first two. Because the system/patron interaction is central to the study, a conceptual model for online catalog research which illustrates the user interface for an interactive system is presented. A project overview discusses objectives, methodologies, data collection and analysis. Summaries are provided of findings obtained through self-administered questionnaires for opac users and non-users, as well as through focus group interviews and transaction log analysis. Findings are discussed both generally and then specifically in a question-answer format, and areas for additional research are suggested. Six references are listed. Four appendices include pretest and final user and nonuser questionnaires. (Author/LMM)
Research report prepared for OCLC on end user behavior on the Ohio State University Libraries' on-line catalog : a computer monitoring study by Christine L Borgman( )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Online catalog use : results of surveys and focus group interviews in several libraries by Karen Markey( )

5 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Research report prepared for OCLC on multidimensional mapping of libraries based on shared holdings in the OCLC Online Union Catalog by William E McGrath( )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How many books does a group of libraries have in common? Pre-OCLC days, the question was simple and the answer vital. If a large number were held in common, there would be a compelling argument for computerized bibliographic databases for shared cataloging and interlibrary loan. "Overlap" studies did provide argument, and the rest is history
Music subject headings from the machine-readable Library of Congress subject authority file by Jeanette Marie Drone( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How public library patrons use nonfiction books by Chandra Prabha( )

4 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study examines the following two premises of information-seeking behavior associated with the use of nonfiction books in an electronic mode: (1) individuals generally read nonfiction books for obtaining information; and (2) users read nonfiction books in parts, rather than completely. Study data were collected through interviews with 350 patrons who borrowed nonfiction books at five of the libraries in a metropolitan public library system in Ohio. The premise that patrons consult nonfiction books mainly for obtaining information was supported by the data; and the premise that nonfiction books are read in parts was found to be true of two-thirds of all use. Study findings also suggest that electronic information systems should offer a subject approach and should allow rapid scanning and skipping through text in nonfiction books. The study research, findings on premises of electronic information systems, and findings on characteristics of nonfiction book readers and implications for electronic information systems are detailed. The text is supplemented with 6 figures, including the interview script, and 34 tables; statistical notes and 7 tables are appended; and 6 references are provided. Ordering information for Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (Oclc) publications is also provided. (Km)
Research report prepared for OCLC on videotex project reviews II by Robert E Widing( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The incentives to preserve digital materials : roles, scenarios, and economic decision-making by Brian F Lavoie( )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nonfiction book use by academic library users by Chandra Prabha( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

FRBR work-set algorithm by Thomas Butler Hickey( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The research work-set algorithm generates an author/title key for each bibliographic record. These keys can then be used to bring work-sets together. The current algorithm ignores format so that the generated work-sets are sometimes at a higher level than a FRBR work."--Page 2
Final report to the Council on Library Resources( Book )

4 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highlights of the annual review of OCLC research( )

in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstracts of reports published in the online version of: Annual review of OCLC research
Determining the content of machine-readable subdivision records by Karen Markey( )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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