Library Trends 35 (4) Spring 1987: Public Access Online Catalogs


Library Trends 35 (4) Spring 1987: Public Access Online Catalogs. Edited by Karen Markey.

The authors of the eight articles in this online catalogs issue of Library Trends are building upon the findings of previous research of online catalog use and users by improving existing online catalogs with system capabilities requested by library patrons and staff and by initiating new research efforts that confirm or amplify previous findings.

With a new form of the library catalog in the making, library staff and system designers now have the opportunity to make changes that were never before possible with the traditional library catalog. This phenomenon is effecting changes in the online catalog even as we observe it because the opportunity now exists to start over. The authors of this issue are involved in this dynamic process of online catalog design, implementation, user training, user evaluation, and system improvement. They describe their efforts to conduct new studies of online catalog use and users and their efforts to improve existing systems based upon user needs and research findings. It is hoped that their recommendations and decisions will ensure that online catalogs continue to meet with the acceptance and satisfaction of library users.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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