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Publication date: 1 March 2001

Henk Voorbij

The union catalogue of monographs published before 1976 is maintained by the Dutch National Library in card form and contains five to six million records from 95 libraries

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The union catalogue of monographs published before 1976 is maintained by the Dutch National Library in card form and contains five to six million records from 95 libraries. The extent to which these records need to be converted into machine‐readable form depends on several factors. Does the holding library still exist? Does the holding library participate in the Pica shared cataloguing system and has it converted its own card catalogue? Did the holding library convert its card catalogue using another library system? Are the cards in the union catalogue still reliable or did the holding library discard volumes from its collection without notifying the National Library? A feasibility study showed that the holding data of 59 libraries could be removed without any further processing; this amounts to 72.6 per cent of the cards. For the remaining 27.4 per cent of the cards from 36 libraries, priorities for the retrospective conversion of their data in the union catalogue were determined.

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Program, vol. 35 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Publication date: 25 January 2008

Rita John‐Okeke

The purpose of this paper is to share the experiences of NIALS Library in the use of computers in the production of catalogue cards. It also seeks to find out the…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to share the experiences of NIALS Library in the use of computers in the production of catalogue cards. It also seeks to find out the experiences of other libraries in Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper describes the procedures for automated generation of catalogue cards in the NIALS Library. It used the questionnaire method to collect data from 24 participants at the recently held workshop on Technical Services in Law Libraries, 26‐28 June 2007.

Findings

Found that most libraries in Nigeria use typewriters to produce catalogue cards. The use of computers in the generation of card catalogues is just beginning to emerge. OPACs are also relatively new as most libraries still operate card catalogue systems.

Practical implications

It is expected that other libraries would benefit from the experiences of NIALS Library.

Originality/value

This is the first study on the automated generation of card catalogues in Nigerian libraries. The study should help libraries that face difficulties with the manual production of card catalogues in making a decision in favour of automation.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 25 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 27 May 2014

Alia Arshad and Farzana Shafique

The purpose of the study is to determine the most preferred catalogue format – card catalogue or online public access catalogue (OPAC) for searching library material in…

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Purpose

The purpose of the study is to determine the most preferred catalogue format – card catalogue or online public access catalogue (OPAC) for searching library material in Oriental languages, i.e. Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Punjabi, Hindi, Sanskrit, Sindhi and Pashto of the Central Library, University of the Punjab, Lahore. It also explores the users’ searching behaviour for finding the library material in Oriental languages.

Design/methodology/approach

A purposive sample of 100 respondents was chosen for this study. The questionnaire contained both close- and open-ended questions. SPSS (version 11.5) was used for quantitative analysis of data. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used for reaching conclusions. The qualitative data analysis software “X-Sight” was used for analysing the qualitative data.

Findings

The study highlights the importance of both types of catalogue. Many of the findings of the study related to the card catalogue and OPAC are surprising when compared to their general perceptions. It is important to note that the users perceived the card catalogue as more effective for searching the library material in Oriental languages. However, they also face many problems while using both types of catalogues.

Originality/value

It is the first study of its type in Pakistan that explored the users’ perceptions and behaviour of searching Oriental language material from the card catalogue and OPAC. The findings of the study are valuable for library management, not only at the Central Library of Punjab University but also for other libraries. These findings can help in making both card catalogue and OPAC more effective and user-centred. It will also assist them to improve weaknesses of both types of catalogues.

Implications of the study

This study compares the users’ preferences for card catalogue and/or OPAC when searching Oriental language material. There are very few studies available on this subject and most of them are dated.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 32 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 16 November 2010

Edward So and Winnie Ho

The purpose of this paper is to describe inter‐library access services in Hong Kong academic libraries and to discuss means of improving the services.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe inter‐library access services in Hong Kong academic libraries and to discuss means of improving the services.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper takes the form of a narrative with suggestions for further development.

Findings

The introduction of the EasyRegister service has been a success.

Originality/value

The paper presents a detailed description of how the physical access of users can be facilitated between universities. This will be useful for all librarians concerned with this issue.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 38 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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Publication date: 9 November 2015

Venia Y.M. Mak, Diana L. H. Chan, Ki-Tat Lam and Y.O. Li

– The purpose of this paper is to describe a collaborative project on issuing a library card for common access among all eight higher education libraries in Hong Kong.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe a collaborative project on issuing a library card for common access among all eight higher education libraries in Hong Kong.

Design/methodology/approach

The project was undertaken by two committees and a task force of cross-institutional membership. The new common library card adopts the “patron-record-on-demand model,” reducing the risks involved in patron data transfer across institutions. Historical narrative combined with usage analysis from the launch date of the project was outlined.

Findings

The new common library cards were well received. About 63 percent of old cards were replaced by new ones. New applications jumped 43 percent while physical access to host libraries increased by 8 percent during the reporting period.

Originality/value

This paper describes in detail the processes of developing a common barcode, an automated card registration system and the issuing of the common library cards. Libraries pursuing an efficient way of sharing library resources will be inspired by the level of collaboration involved in this project.

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Library Management, vol. 36 no. 8/9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 February 1981

Bill Katz

Postcards have been sold by the billions over the past 100 years or so, but you never would recognize their popularity by checking library holdings. Most libraries ignore…

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Postcards have been sold by the billions over the past 100 years or so, but you never would recognize their popularity by checking library holdings. Most libraries ignore them, yet a reporter observed at the 1981 national poster and postcard show: “Postcard collection—a nostalgic pastime that has become a consuming passion for thousands of Americans—is more popular today than when picture postcards first caught on at the turn of the century.” Among the dealers of new cards, Kennard Harris says that “in the past five years there has been an explosion of museum postcard publishing and sales in this country.”

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Collection Building, vol. 3 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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Publication date: 1 February 1971

Thomas French

A survey of some means—mostly photographic or mechanised—of converting a large card catalogue to book form. Details are those calculated for the Main Library catalogues at…

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A survey of some means—mostly photographic or mechanised—of converting a large card catalogue to book form. Details are those calculated for the Main Library catalogues at Birmingham University.

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Program, vol. 5 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Publication date: 1 January 1989

Linda Bills and Linda Helgerson

Laser disk databases containing MARC records that can be retrieved, edited, and used to print cards and labels and/or to produce machine‐readable catalog records in some…

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Laser disk databases containing MARC records that can be retrieved, edited, and used to print cards and labels and/or to produce machine‐readable catalog records in some transferable form are compared for seven vendors: Gaylord Information Systems, General Research Corporation, The Library Corporation, OCLC, Solinet, Utlas, and the Western Library Network. Major areas of exploration include: database characteristics, access, display, editing, new records, hard copy products, hardware, and price.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 7 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 13 February 2009

Jelena Radjenovic, Branko Milosavljevic and Dusan Surla

The purpose of this paper is to report on a study involving the specification (using Unified Modelling Language (UML) 2.0) of information requirements and implementation…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report on a study involving the specification (using Unified Modelling Language (UML) 2.0) of information requirements and implementation of the software components for generating catalogue cards. The implementation in a Java environment is developed using the FreeMarker software.

Design/methodology/approach

Object‐oriented methodology as well as CASE tools are used to design the software components. The system architecture makes the catalogue cards available from every segment of the library management system, and enables catalogue card updates without recompilation of the source code.

Findings

The outcome of the work is a software package, implemented in a Java environment, that generates and displays catalogue cards based on bibliographic records in the UNIMARC format, but it can be easily adapted for the other MARC formats.

Research limitations/implications

The package is limited to generating only catalogue cards based on MARC formats. In order to avoid this limitation it is possible to define specific metadata for catalogue card generation. In such a case, the catalogue cards could be generated from the metadata regardless of the bibliographic record format.

Practical implications

The software package is integrated into the BISIS library management software system used by 36 libraries including public, city, faculty and special libraries in Serbia.

Originality/value

The architecture of the software component can be used in different implementations of library management systems. It is only necessary to represent the bibliographic record data using the internal data structure of the FreeMarker software package.

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Program, vol. 43 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Publication date: 1 November 1963

THE generic term “reprographic” is intended to cover all the methods of making copies or reproductions and also the equipment related to these processes. The steady growth…

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THE generic term “reprographic” is intended to cover all the methods of making copies or reproductions and also the equipment related to these processes. The steady growth of all these methods has resulted in a close relationship between them, so that it is now almost impossible to refer to one without the other, especially where economics are being considered.

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New Library World, vol. 65 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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