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Using Subject Headings for Online Retrieval: Theory, Practice and Potential
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-12221-570-4

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Publication date: 1 January 1994

Karen M. Drabenstott and Marjorie S. Weller

Library users continue to experience difficulty in using the online catalog, particularly in the area of subject access. This project describes a test of a new design for subject…

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Library users continue to experience difficulty in using the online catalog, particularly in the area of subject access. This project describes a test of a new design for subject access to online catalogs. The new design requires a wide range of subject searching capabilities and search trees to govern the system's selection of searching capabilities in response to user queries. Is the performance of search trees superior to subject searching approaches chosen at random? This project is geared to make that determination.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 12 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 1 September 2003

Edna McClellan

This study presents an overview of the quality of 232 OCLC rare book cataloging records. Of the 232 records, 31 that needed subject headings were not provided with any. A total of

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This study presents an overview of the quality of 232 OCLC rare book cataloging records. Of the 232 records, 31 that needed subject headings were not provided with any. A total of 791 headings, including main headings (428) and subdivision headings (363), were examined and 69 discrepancies were found. The discrepancies were mainly obsolete headings. The error rate was 9 per cent. Only one typographical error was found. Moreover, 95 per cent (191) of the 201 records had been replaced at least once but the discrepancy rate remained very high at 8 per cent. Since the records examined were not randomly selected and the sample size was small, the result of this study cannot be generalized. However, the overall results indicate that the quality of OCLC rare book records need attention as much as, if not more than, other records.

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OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, vol. 19 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1065-075X

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Publication date: 1 February 2001

Magda El‐Sherbini

The Ohio State University Libraries began the process of restructuring the Technical Services Department in early 1995. Changes that were introduced as a result of this process…

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The Ohio State University Libraries began the process of restructuring the Technical Services Department in early 1995. Changes that were introduced as a result of this process had a profound effect on the roles of professional and para‐professional staff in the organisation. The author of this paper will outline the process of revamping the organisational structure of a large department in an academic library and will discuss the impact it had on the traditional roles assigned to librarians and staff in such a setting. The study will concentrate on copy cataloguers and their changing role in Technical Services.

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Library Management, vol. 22 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 March 2002

Brad Eden and Kenneth J. Bierman

Examines a major departmental reorganization within UNLV’s Lied Library, using the concept of knowledge access management as its basis. The establishment of the Knowledge Access…

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Examines a major departmental reorganization within UNLV’s Lied Library, using the concept of knowledge access management as its basis. The establishment of the Knowledge Access Management (KAM) Division, comprising the Cataloging Department, the Systems Department, and the Web Maintenance/Digital Projects Unit, is discussed. The Cataloging Department’s strategic vision is examined, along with an extensive description of the redesign of the new Lied Library’s Web site.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 20 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 1 January 1980

VINE is produced at least four times a year with the object of providing up‐to‐date news of work being done in the automation of library housekeeping processes, principally in the…

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VINE is produced at least four times a year with the object of providing up‐to‐date news of work being done in the automation of library housekeeping processes, principally in the UK. It is edited and substantially written by Tony McSean, Information Officer for Library Automation based in Southampton University Library and supported by a grant from the British Library Research and Development Department. Copyright for VINE articles rests with the British Library Board, but opinions expressed in VINE do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the British Library. The subscription to VINE is £17 per annum and the period runs from January to December.

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VINE, vol. 10 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0305-5728

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Publication date: 1 June 1971

Not only is it our primary duty as librarians to direct our clients to the information they require, it is also our greatest source of satisfaction. By comparison, the chores of

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Not only is it our primary duty as librarians to direct our clients to the information they require, it is also our greatest source of satisfaction. By comparison, the chores of book selection, of cataloguing, classifying and the rest are dull and tedious. Without performing them efficiently, of course, we stand little chance of succeeding in our essential purpose; so we are right to consider them important and to seek constantly to improve our competence and develop new techniques to assist us in carrying them out. It is inconceivable that we could operate without adequate, appropriate and well ordered collections, no matter what form their contents may take. At the same time, there is a very real risk that the demanding technical operations of running libraries may absorb too much of our energy and prevent us from developing a wider expertise in the practise of our profession. Do we, for example, spend enough time finding out what exists elsewhere so as to equip ourselves to exploit more fully the resources of other libraries on behalf of our clientele?

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New Library World, vol. 72 no. 12
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 5 September 2017

Miriam Wanjiku Ndungu

This study aims to identify and analyse the challenges faced in the bibliographic control of theses and dissertations in Kenya.

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Purpose

This study aims to identify and analyse the challenges faced in the bibliographic control of theses and dissertations in Kenya.

Design/methodology/approach

The study used descriptive survey method and targeted four universities in Kenya and two initiatives whose objective is compilation of a database of theses and dissertations. The total number of respondents was 17 out of a target of 21.

Findings

The study found delays in the libraries getting their designated copies; ineffective coordination between the different university departments in the deposition process; deposition of soft copies is still a grey area in the universities surveyed; libraries have embedded records of theses and dissertations in their Online Public Access Catalogues (OPACs); delays in capturing theses and dissertations in the libraries’ OPACs; and lack of consistency and uniformity in the bibliographic records.

Research limitations/implications

Many universities have joined the electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) movement and now require graduating students to deposit an electronic copy of their research thesis or dissertation. Currently, universities in Kenya either already have institutional repositories (IRs) or they are at an advanced stage of implementation. There is need for further research on the status adoption of ETDs; the status of IRs; treatment of theses and dissertations (TDs) in Kenya; challenges and prospects of subject analysis of TDs; cost-effective metadata creation for TDs; issues in metadata creation and standardization for TDs; and automated metadata creation.

Practical implications

Without a comprehensive source of all TDs submitted in universities in Kenya, TDs will be inaccessible and therefore underutilised. There will also be the risk of duplication of research and plagiarism because it will be difficult to ascertain the authenticity and integrity of TDs submitted in the various universities.

Originality/value

This is the only research in Kenya that has analysed the status of bibliographic control of theses and dissertations. The study will enable university administrators to put in place appropriate policies for improved bibliographic control of theses and dissertations. The study may be used to inform policy frameworks as universities begin to build their institutional repositories. The findings shed light on the treatment of TDs and challenges of cataloguing them.

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Publication date: 1 April 1961

E. LANGSTADT

The following paper is based on personal visits made to the learned libraries of the Land Nordrhein‐Westfalen in November and December 1960. My thanks are due to the…

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The following paper is based on personal visits made to the learned libraries of the Land Nordrhein‐Westfalen in November and December 1960. My thanks are due to the Kultusminister whose invitation made possible these visits, to Professor K. H. Rengstorf of the University of Münster who suggested the invitation and gave me the utmost assistance, and to the University of Leeds for granting me leave of absence. I would also like to thank the heads of the Universities of Münster, Cologne, Bonn, and Aachen for their generous hospitality and help, and in particular the librarians and staff of the libraries for their friendly reception and for time so willingly given to answering my questions.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 17 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Publication date: 1 January 1951

T.C. SKEAT

The aim of this publication is to list the catalogues of the Department of Manuscripts which are in regular use. Catalogues which have been superseded by later publications are…

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The aim of this publication is to list the catalogues of the Department of Manuscripts which are in regular use. Catalogues which have been superseded by later publications are not normally included, since whatever their historical or bibliographical interest they are no longer everyday working tools. To save space in cross‐reference, the catalogues, etc., here listed have been numbered serially in Clarendon type, thus: 31. This numeration has no other significance.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 7 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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