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Ferguson, Douglas K.

Works: 5 works in 41 publications in 1 language and 540 library holdings
Genres: Use studies 
Roles: Author, Contributor
Classifications: Z699, 025.302854
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Douglas K Ferguson
Using online catalogs : a nationwide survey : a report of a study sponsored by the Council on Library Resources by Joseph R Matthews( Book )

10 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On-line public access to library bibliographic data bases : developments, issues and priorities : final report to the Council on Library Resources by Neal K Kaske( Book )

12 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report describes project activities designed to identify the critical issues and problems in designing and developing library bibliographic retrieval systems for direct patron use. The results of a survey, an issues analysis paper, and a working session indicate four priority areas for study and action: user and use characteristics, interface characteristics, the library environment, and the computing environment. Recommendations made by the working session participants highlight the consensus of their concerns--the analysis of user requirements and behavior, the monitoring of existing public access systems, the development of materials for cost management, and the development of distributed computing and system links. A summary and analysis of participant developed definitions of an online catalog, a summary of existing and developing systems, and detailed tabulations are appended
Public online catalogs and research libraries : final report to the Council on Library Resources by Douglas K Ferguson( Book )

17 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1981 and 1982, the Research Libraries Group (rlg) and four other organizations participated in a coordinated study of public online catalog users and nonusers. Standard, self-administered questionnaires were used to gather data from 8,094 users and 3,981 nonusers in 31 research, academic, community college, public, and governmental libraries with 17 different online catalogs. This final report presents findings and implications of data collected at three institutions: Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, and Stanford University, all members of the Association of Research Libraries (arl). The data from these institutions are contrasted with those collected from 12 other arl libraries. These data include uses of the public online catalogs, perceived problems, preferences for improvement, and user and nonuser characteristics. The report also presents the results of a related special study which gathered qualitative evidence in structured interviews with library staff at Dartmouth, Northwestern, and Stanford. A final chapter discusses implications of the study and notes a general patron acceptance of public online access catalogs. Appendices include a list of participating libraries and computer systems, statistical analyses of data collected, sample questionnaires, and other documents. An executive summary and 47 tables are also provided. (Esr)
Users & non-users look at online catalogs( Recording )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using online catalogs : a nationwide survey : a report of a study sponsored by the Council on Library Resources by Joseph R Matthews( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.55 (from 0.46 for Users & no ... to 0.80 for Public onl ...)

English (41)