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Title:Extending the access and reference service capabilities of the online public access catalog
Author(s):Hildreth, Charles R.
Subject(s):Reference services (Libraries) --Automation
Online bibliographic searching
Database searching
Libraries and electronic publishing
Online public access catalog
Abstract:A close look at developments and opportunities as they existed in late 1985 led to the belief that we were at the threshold of a creative convergence of two separate movements. The advances in understanding the problems and needs of end user searching of IR systems seemed transferable to OPAC use, and some online catalogs, as they evolved, were beginning to incorporate the more sophisticated keyword and Boolean search methods common in the conventional IR systems. The transformation of the library catalog into a diverse, online information resource had begun. The promise was clear: OPACs could be better library catalogs than their predecessors, and OPACs could be both powerful and usable interactive retrieval systems. Today, we must recognize that much of this promise is being fulfilled. Existing second-generation OPACs with their MARC catalog record databases can be viewed from a functional perspective as special purpose online reference retrieval systems.
Issue Date:1987
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In L.C. Smith, ed. 1987. Questions and answers : strategies for using the electronic reference collection : Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 14-33.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (24th : 1987)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1987.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-06

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