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Publication date: 1 April 2014

Aminat Titilola Bayero Abdussalam and Usman Ajisafe Saliu

The purpose of this paper is to present the ways in which online cataloguing is used to provide twenty-first century library and information services to a university…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the ways in which online cataloguing is used to provide twenty-first century library and information services to a university community in a developing country, together with the challenges and prospects of such an application. The paper aims to examine the use of the internet to catalogue and classify library materials in the University of Ilorin Library. It looks at the use of the Library of Congress Catalogue in copy cataloguing. This paper also discusses the use of Koha, a free library integrated software to classify and catalogue library resources in the University of Ilorin Library.

Design/methodology/approach

The methods used are participant observation, interviews with the senior librarians in the library and visits to another library that uses Koha software. Periodical and online articles were also used to gather information to support this study.

Findings

The major problem is incessant power failure and the library is planning to get a heavy and very powerful inverter and generator that can stop the disruption of work resulting from the intermittent power supply. Another setback in using Koha is that the cataloguing is being done online unlike Biblofile which is done offline.

Research limitations/implications

The researchers visited only one university library in the course of the research. This is due to financial constraints.

Practical implications

Information communication technology training must be taken seriously for librarians who want to remain relevant in this age of information technology.

Originality/value

This study about Koha software usage is the first of its kind to be carried out in the University of Ilorin Library and will be useful to other university libraries.

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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: 8 June 2010

Rajesh Chandrakar and Jagdish Arora

The purpose of this article is to provide an Indian perspective on copy cataloguing and its current position in libraries.

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Purpose

The purpose of this article is to provide an Indian perspective on copy cataloguing and its current position in libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is based on the experiences of visiting various colleges and universities across the country. The paper explains copy cataloguing and its sources available to the Indian libraries for retrospective conversion.

Findings

Copy cataloguing in India is not widespread. The supply of a “ready cataloguing” in MARC format by Indian publishers and supply agents is also not widely available.

Practical implications

Copy cataloguing features have been implemented into the SOUL software and the IndCat, an online union catalogue of Indian universities for the Indian libraries.

Originality/value

It is observed that copy cataloguing features have never been explained in one place for Indian libraries. The information provided in the paper will help the community at large.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 28 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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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: 1 August 2003

Adina Zur‐Jiji

Reviews the development of cataloging in the Acquisitions‐Catalog‐Classification Department of the University of Haifa Library against the technological changes that have…

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Reviews the development of cataloging in the Acquisitions‐Catalog‐Classification Department of the University of Haifa Library against the technological changes that have taken place throughout the world. These changes have strengthened the basic assumption that maximum use should be made of the bibliographic information available from other libraries in Israel and abroad for the university library to become part of the international bibliographic system and in order to save resources. The various stages of the work process are analysed and the role of MARC explained.

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New Library World, vol. 104 no. 7/8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 August 1997

Hafiz Muhammad Khalid, Khalid Mahmood and Jonathan Willson

Surveys the status of cataloguing practice in university libraries in three Asian developing countries, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia. Examines the extent of the…

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Surveys the status of cataloguing practice in university libraries in three Asian developing countries, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia. Examines the extent of the usage of international cataloguing tools like cataloguing codes (AACR, ISBD), classification schemes (DDC, LC) and subject heading lists (Sears, LCSH). Finds that there is an overall uniformity in the use of technical tools. There is a trend towards automation of cataloguing services. With the help of new technology, more access points for catalogue searching have been made available. Online catalogues are also replacing all traditional catalogue forms, i.e. Card, Printed, and Microform. Survey findings show that, in using new information technology in technical services, Malaysian university libraries are more advanced than those of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

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Library Review, vol. 46 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 March 1992

Tirong arap Tanui

Reviews the role of libraries and of cataloguing within modernlibraries in the light of research findings, automation and otherchanges. Stresses user needs and subject access.

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Reviews the role of libraries and of cataloguing within modern libraries in the light of research findings, automation and other changes. Stresses user needs and subject access.

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Library Review, vol. 41 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 September 2002

Christa Mueller

For historical reasons, the Austrian National Library (ANL) had only 10 per cent of its 2.9 million items available in its OPAC as of 1997. Its unique holdings from the…

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For historical reasons, the Austrian National Library (ANL) had only 10 per cent of its 2.9 million items available in its OPAC as of 1997. Its unique holdings from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries could still only be found via card catalogs. In order to make these unique collections accessible via the Web, the library scanned each catalog card into a digital image. An in‐house software application called KatZoom was used to browse and search the catalog card images. Within less than half a year, ANL’s unique holdings became accessible via the Web. At a later time, these digital images were converted to electronic text and incorporated into the local library systems.

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OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, vol. 18 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1065-075X

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Publication date: 1 February 1981

Jean Marie Willers

This paper reports a survey undertaken of libraries with operational machine readable catalogues, to examine treatment of existing manual catalogues and their…

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This paper reports a survey undertaken of libraries with operational machine readable catalogues, to examine treatment of existing manual catalogues and their retrospective conversion. Of the 98 libraries contacted 72 replied (74%), 58% returning usable replies. Of these, 49 (86%) had completed, were in the process of, or were planning retrospective conversion; 53% with the use of a bibliographic data‐base.

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Program, vol. 15 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Publication date: 1 January 1986

Arie W Willemsen

Union catalogues form the main instrument of interlending in the Netherlands. The most important ones are maintained by the Royal Library in The Hague, the Technical…

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Union catalogues form the main instrument of interlending in the Netherlands. The most important ones are maintained by the Royal Library in The Hague, the Technical University at Delft, and the Library of the Agricultural University at Wageningen. On‐line library automation will have an increasing impact on interlending, and the challenge is being met by these libraries by setting up an on‐line catalogue of serials, monographs and conference publications combined with an on‐line system for handling interlibrary loan requests developed by the Project for Integrated Catalogue Automation (PICA). The first phase — the serials system — came on‐line in May 1983, and it is hoped the monograph system will be in operation by early 1986.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 14 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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