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Interface design and development: The human factor

Dennis A. Norlin (Assistant professor, Undergraduate Library, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.)
Elizabeth R. Cardman (Assistant professor, Education and Social Science Library, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.)
Elisabeth B. Davis (Professor, Biology Library, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.)
Raeann Dossett (Assistant professor, Documents Library, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.)
Barbara Henigman (Assistant professor, Systems Maintenance, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.)
William H. Mischo (Professor, Engineering Library, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.)
Leslie Troutman (Assistant professor, Music Library, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 March 1992

Abstract

Shortcomings in the BRS MENTOR mainframe interface and the desirability of using the workstation capabilities of the PC were factors in the decision to develop and implement a microcomputer‐based interface to the BRS software and associated databases. The Interface Design Subcommittee's charge was to design and implement the interface components for the Library Information Workstation, a microcomputer public terminal that provides access to local and remote online catalogs, periodical index databases, campus information resources, and information files stored on the microcomputer. This article focuses on the design of the interface to the BRS/SEARCH software and ancillary periodical index databases—initially Current Contents, six Wilson databases, and ERIC.

Citation

Norlin, D.A., Cardman, E.R., Davis, E.B., Dossett, R., Henigman, B., Mischo, W.H. and Troutman, L. (1992), "Interface design and development: The human factor", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp. 7-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb047853

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