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Prabha, Chandra 1946-

Overview
Works: 50 works in 72 publications in 1 language and 178 library holdings
Genres: Use studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Researcher
Classifications: Z678.88, 028.9
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Most widely held works by Chandra Prabha
How public library patrons use nonfiction books by Chandra Prabha( Book )

7 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 45 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)
Resource sharing in a changing environment( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 34 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 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comparison of scatter of citing and cited literature for the subject of desalination by Chandra Prabha( )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cataloging time and workflow studies by Chandra Prabha( )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nonfiction book use by public library users by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Aspects of nonfiction book use : a study of public library patrons by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Methods grow for facilitating user-initiated ILL by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The interlibrary loan process by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Office of Research studies copy cataloging throughput time for CIP titles by Chandra Prabha( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

OhioLINK : joint research on patron-driven resource sharing : [an abstract] by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Among statewide consortia, OhioLink is seen as a clear leader in the successful implementation of a patron-driven interlibrary borrowing system. This capability, often implemented as an enhancement to the on-line catalog system, enables patrons to borrow directly from consortium members other than their home library. The availability of this feature has increased the number of books exchanged among libraries to a level not imagined before. Most research on resource sharing has focused on factors such as traffic volume, costs, and efficiency. There is a lack of research data on the characteristics of books that patrons borrow directly from non-home member libraries, even though such data could help address important aspects of resource sharing, especially pertaining to content. A current research project attempts to fill this gap by examining 40,000 sample interlibrary book-borrowing requests initiated by patrons via OhioLink. Book characteristics such as age (publication date), subject (LC and DDC classes), distribution among membership (holdings count), and availability at the home library are used to create a patron-needs profile. This information will contribute to our knowledge of patron borrowing behavior in consortial settings, and may be useful to the future implementation of patron-driven interlibrary borrowing systems
Public libraries on the Web : an assessment of services by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Although public libraries have embraced the Web, benchmark data on the range of library services that public libraries offer on the Web are hard to find. This paper reports findings on public library Web services, excerpted from a three-part research project
Understanding the elements of book publishing by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Introduction : [resource sharing in a changing environment] by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Commercial document suppliers : how many of the ILL/DD periodical article requests can they fulfill? by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Managing large retrievals by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Positioning and user satisfaction with patron-initiated interlibrary borrowing : the case of the CIC VEL by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) is an academic consortium comprising 12 major universities, primarily in the Midwest. In 1996, the CIC members initiated a project to link their library catalogs electronically. When fully implemented, the Virtual Electronic Library (VEL) will result in a virtual mega collection of 60 million books and 555,000 serials. The CIC also explored ways to permit its patrons, 35,000 faculty and 500,000 students, to search across the catalogs and to initiate interlibrary circulation among member institutions. In 1998, some libraries implemented a patron-request function to permit interlibrary circulation of physical materials without mediation by home library staff. The two-part study reported here examined how the mega library is presented to patrons, evaluated its effectiveness, and assessed patron reactions to interlibrary loans
Characteristics of publications sought through OCLC PRISM interlibrary loan by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In spite of the current preoccupation with problems of ILL/DDS (interlibrary loan/document delivery service), little national level data exists on the characteristics of materials users seek through ILL/DDS. The library profession speculates and argues about the role of the library in the future of ILL/DDS in the absence of data on what users now request through ILL/DDS. This study describes publications requested through OCLC PRISM Interlibrary Loan. The survey findings are based on over 100,000 requests: 56% were for monographs; 43% were for serials. More than 40% of monograph requests were for materials published 10 years ago or earlier. Sixty percent (60%) of the monographs requested were held by 11 to 300 libraries. ILL requests were sorted by LC classification. The fields of science, medicine, and social science appear to draw more from serial literature than do other subject fields. In other subject fields, serials and monographs seem to be, more or less, in equal demand
Authority control practice in libraries by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This project measured the amount of cataloging time spent on (1) authority control of name and series headings and (2) the work flow of copy cataloging
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
 
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Alternative Names
Prabha, C. G. 1946-

Prabha, C. G. (Chandra Gopalan), 1946-

Prabha, Chandra Gopalan 1946-

Languages
English (40)