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Title:The Online Catalog in the Real World: Making the Necessary Compromises
Author(s):Crawford, Walt
Subject(s):Human-computer interaction
User interfaces (Computer systems)
Abstract:Online catalogs have been in existence for several years now, but they are still in their infancy as compared to other aspects of library automation and librarianship. Today's best online catalogs are more powerful, more flexible and easier to approach than were most early examples; tomorrow's best online catalogs should be better than today's. Two characteristics have always been true of online catalogs and will always be true: first, that there will be several distinctly different good designs; second, that every good design will reflect conscious choices among different desirable features, some of those choices involving compromises.
Issue Date:1988
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In M.A. Siegel, ed. 1988. Design and evaluation of computer/human interfaces : issues for librarians and information scientists. Papers presented at the 1988 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 119-138.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (25th : 1988)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1988.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-10

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