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Connell, Tschera Harkness

Works: 5 works in 26 publications in 1 language and 2,114 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Use studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Researcher
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Most widely held works about Tschera Harkness Connell
Most widely held works by Tschera Harkness Connell
The future of cataloging : insights from the Lubetzky symposium : April 18, 1998, University of California, Los Angeles by Lubetzky Symposium( Book )

12 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Librarian subject searching in online catalogs : an exploratory study of knowledge used by Tschera Harkness Connell( )

11 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This research was designed to begin to identify and characterize the knowledge used by experienced librarians while searching for subject information in online catalogs. If we begin to understand what knowledge is used by skilled searchers of online catalogs, then perhaps that knowledge can be built into library systems so that the inexperienced or infrequent user can benefit from specialist knowledge without having to develop the expertise explicitly. Ten experienced librarians (catalogers and reference librarians) performed the same set of six subject searches in the Illinet Online catalog used by many libraries throughout the state of Illinois. Investigated was the knowledge used to solve retrieval problems. This knowledge represents expertise in the use of the catalog. Techniques of knowledge acquisition used by knowledge engineers in building expert systems were used for knowledge elicitation. Data were collected through the use of think-aloud protocols, transaction logs, and structured interviews. Knowledge was defined as knowledge of objects (factual knowledge), knowledge of events (experiential knowledge), knowledge of performance (process knowledge), and metaknowledge. The first stage of analysis involved extracting from the think-aloud protocols evidence of factual and experiential knowledge. Evidence for factual knowledge was primarily the presence of nouns and adjectives used by librarians during the process of searching. The evidence for experiential knowledge was explicit statements indicating that the searcher was relating the present event to previous search experience. The second stage of analysis involved more in-depth analysis of the transaction logs and think-aloud protocols for evidence of process and metaknowledge. For process knowledge, the data were examined for evidence of search patterns. Analysis concentrated on (1) the kinds of searches participants used, (2) the search patterns that resulted in item selection, (3) the factors that caused the participants to modify their approach to the search task, (4) the supplementary tools, and the elements on the bibliographic record that participants used, and (5) the effects of system design on searching. For evidence of metaknowledge the data were examined for reasons that participants gave for actions taken and observations made, and for evidence that participants evaluated their own performance
Characteristics of resources represented in the OCLC CORC database by Tschera Harkness Connell( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

More and more libraries are providing access to Web resources through OCLC’s Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC) and, by extension, OCLC’s WorldCat database. The ability to use a database to its maximum potential depends upon understanding what a database contains and the guidelines for its construction. This study examines the characteristics of Web resources in CORC in terms of their subject matter, the source of the content, publication patterns, and the units of information chosen for representation in the database. The majority of the 414 resources in the sample belonged to the social sciences. Academic libraries and government agencies contributed more than 90% of the records for resources in the sample. Using the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2d edition (AACR2) definitions for publication patterns that are part of the upcoming 2002 amendments reveals that nearly half of the sample fell into the category of integrating resources. Identifying units of representation of the resources described was more difficult. Existing definitions for Web units in development are not adequate to describe all of the resources in the sample. In addition, there is wide variability in the units of representation chosen for inclusion by the libraries contributing records, resulting in little predictability in what units of information might be found in the database
OCLC CORC panel discussion : ALA Midwinter, January 15, 2000( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The future of cataloging : insights from the Lubetzky symposium : April 18, 1998, University of California, Los Angeles
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Harkness Connell, Tschera

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