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Prabha, Chandra 1946-

Works: 50 works in 71 publications in 1 language and 180 library holdings
Genres: Use studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Researcher
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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 44 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)
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

Resource sharing in a changing environment( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

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

Interlibrary borrowing initiated by patrons : some characteristics of books requested via OhioLINK by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among statewide consortia, OhioLINK has broken new ground in redefining how successful interlibrary loan can become, by letting patrons directly borrow books from member libraries. We know little about the characteristics of books that are shared among the member libraries of consortia. Although several articles describe the OhioLINK implementation and experience, no previous formal study has been undertaken to describe what patrons borrow. The present work attempts to fill this void by examining 40,742 book requests initiated by patrons on OhioLINK. It describes what books patrons requested in terms of publication date, country of publication, language, and subject scope. It presents the demand for interlibrary borrowing in terms of characteristics of the institutions (for instance, collection strength and student enrollment) and in terms of the patrons' academic status. One finding is that, as a group, undergraduates are a major new category of users (42%). Additionally, about half of the books requested were published in the preceding seven years. Of these requested books, 90% were published in 1960 or later. Findings, such as these, raise new questions about the number of copies of a book that libraries across the nation need to preserve for archival and potential research use
The LC-OCLC CIP project by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

CIP records are among the most widely used and valued bibliographic records in libraries. The operational complexities of creating cataloging records in advance of publication and upgrading them after publication have never been scrutinized in a systematic way. The objectives of the CIP project were to: (1) understand CIP processes and workflows, (2) measure throughput timings, and (3) analyze changes made to the CIP galley records
Cataloging time and workflow studies by Chandra Prabha( )

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

Commercial document suppliers have been capturing an increasing share of the document supply market. New data on the availability of periodical articles at five frequently used commercial suppliers are presented. The findings are based on samples of periodical requests processed through the OCLC PRISM ILL service over a recent twelve-month period. Of the 373 sample articles 92 percent are available from at least one of these suppliers. Other related findings are : approximately 40 percent of all requests pertain to articles ; one-fifth of all the articles are published in the preceding year ; and 64 percent are published within a five year period. Date and format variables, taken together, can serve as a starting point for programmatically selecting and directing requests to commercial suppliers
Characteristics of publications sought through OCLC PRISM interlibrary loan by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries 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
Evolving issues and trends in interlibrary loan and document delivery by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper describes the present state of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery in terms of emerging issues and trends. OCLC's Office of Research views these issues and trends as fertile ground for research opportunities and is in the process of defining one or more projects within this domain of library interests
Characteristics of articles requested through OCLC interlibrary loan by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the the number of periodical titles in electronic editions increase, and as libraries are faced with new restrictions for sharing articles from site-licensed periodical literature, copyright issues surface. Understanding the characteristics of articles users now request can facilitate discussion. This paper presents the attributes of articles sought through OCLC Interlibrary Loan. Nearly two-thirds of the requested articles were published within five years. Over 80% of the periodical source titles were sought five or fewer times a year
Characteristics of book collections in academic research libraries by Chandra Prabha( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years, the library profession has been addressing issues pertaining to cataloging electronic publications. In sheer dollar terms, most of the library resources are still spent on procuring materials in paper format. Characteristics of research libraries' collections are analyzed on the premise that a general awareness of the scope of collections will help libraries segment collections into those which are likely to become predominantly electronic in the near future and those which may not. The findings are based on cataloging records contributed by 95 academic research libraries in the United States in 1995
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
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

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
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
Managing large retrievals by Chandra Prabha( )

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

Understanding the elements of book publishing by Chandra Prabha( )

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

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
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Alternative Names
Prabha, C. G. 1946-

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

Prabha, Chandra Gopalan 1946-

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