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Publication date: 8 June 2010

A.A. Adeleke and R. Olorunsola

The purpose of this paper is to report the survey on the use of online tools and techniques for cataloguing and classification in Nigerian libraries.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report the survey on the use of online tools and techniques for cataloguing and classification in Nigerian libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire was designed to elicit information from librarians on pertinent areas relating to the use of online tools for processing library resources.

Findings

The results of the survey reveal a high level of awareness among librarians in Nigeria about the benefits that could be derived in the use of online tools for cataloguing and classification processes. The study further reveals the need for continuing education programmes for cataloguers for effective use of the tools. The study shows that the use of online tools has advantages over manual methods. Librarians perceived the method to be useful and easy to use. The paper reveals ICT infrastructural facilities as major constraints facing libraries in the use of online tools. One of the expectations at the onset of the follow‐up study was that most of the problems identified with the use of the online tools in the Redeemer's University library study would not be different from the challenges facing other libraries. The results of this study have proved this to be true.

Practical implications

The conclusion rests on the need for an intensive continuing education programme to teach the skills required for online operations and the provision of web‐driven facilities in Nigerian libraries.

Originality/value

The paper provides information on libraries' awareness on the use of online methods for processing library resources, their efficiency and attitude of librarians to such tools. The paper shows that libraries in developing countries like Nigeria should intensify efforts to close the gap between them and those in the developed countries in terms of ICT literacy.

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

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Advances in Librarianship
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ISBN: 978-0-12024-615-1

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Publication date: 1 October 2005

Debra J. Slone

This exploratory study sets out to describe the ways in which end‐users exchanged information between the web and a web online catalog, how they searched one device based…

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Purpose

This exploratory study sets out to describe the ways in which end‐users exchanged information between the web and a web online catalog, how they searched one device based on what they knew about the other, and their experiences in navigating between the two devices.

Design/methodology/approach

Thirty‐one participants were observed searching the web or a web online catalog. After the observations, an interview guide was used to ask targeted questions.

Findings

The findings suggest that people familiar with the use of traditional online catalogs were more comfortable using web tools than those who lacked online catalog experience. People who had recent web experience expected online catalog searching to be similar to web searching. However, drawing too close an association between the two systems sometimes caused difficulties when the searching protocols varied, like keyword searching versus selecting an index.

Research limitations/implications

Some limitations of the study include a small sampling size, varied responses to interview questions, obtrusive procedures, and lack of generalizability to groups or settings dissimilar from the one in this study.

Originality/value

This study provides a rare look into the challenges faced by a diverse group of public library users on the web. It is instructive for practicing librarians and researchers.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 61 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Publication date: 1 May 1983

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…

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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 the 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 the articles rests with the British Library Board and opinions expressed in VINE do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the British Library. The subscription for 1984 to VINE is: £23 for UK subscribers, £26 to overseas subscribers (including airmail delivery). Second and subsequent copies to the same address are charged at £14 for UK and £16 for overseas. VINE is available in either paper or microfiche copy and all back issues are available on microfiche.

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VINE, vol. 13 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0305-5728

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Publication date: 1 June 1979

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…

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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 £10 per year and the subscription period runs from January to December.

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VINE, vol. 9 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0305-5728

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Publication date: 1 March 1985

CHIH WANG

INTRODUCTION Computers and new information technologies have beyond question brought tremendous advancement in information storage and retrieval. In recent years, the…

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INTRODUCTION Computers and new information technologies have beyond question brought tremendous advancement in information storage and retrieval. In recent years, the traditional card catalog has given way first to the COM (computer output on microform) catalog, then to the online catalog. Now, many libraries are shifting to the new capability in order to provide better and faster services to their patrons.

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Library Review, vol. 34 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 March 1986

Hank Epstein

The design of an online public access catalog greatly affects the performance and capacity requirements of the computer system. The characteristics of traditional menu and…

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The design of an online public access catalog greatly affects the performance and capacity requirements of the computer system. The characteristics of traditional menu and command‐driven systems that most affect performance are explained.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 4 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 1 March 1995

Rahmatollah Fattahi

Online catalogues and card catalogues can be compared fromdifferent perspectives and according to different criteria. Anappropriate approach in this regard is to compare…

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Online catalogues and card catalogues can be compared from different perspectives and according to different criteria. An appropriate approach in this regard is to compare the two types of catalogue according to the processes in which bibliographic records are created (the input stage), manipulated (the storage stage) and retrieved (the output stage). Studies the concepts underlying the input‐storage/output of bibliographic records and reveals major differences between online catalogues and card catalogues. These differences are multiplied and widened when moving from input stage to output stage to such an extent that online catalogues can be considered as a significant departure from manual catalogues. The redesign for use in the online environment of bibliographical standards (cataloguing codes, MARC formats and ISBDs) which are based on the concept of the card catalogue should be based on the conceptual as well as the practical differences between the online catalogue and the card catalogue.

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Library Review, vol. 44 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 September 1995

Rahmatollah Fattahi

Online catalogs and card catalogs can be compared from differentperspectives and according to different criteria. An appropriateapproach in this regard is to compare the…

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Online catalogs and card catalogs can be compared from different perspectives and according to different criteria. An appropriate approach in this regard is to compare the two types of catalog according to the processes in which bibliographic records are created (the input stage), manipulated (the storage stage) and retrieved (the output stage). Studies the concepts underlying the input‐storage/output of bibliographic records and reveals major differences between online catalogs and card catalogs. These differences are multiplied and widened when moving from input stage to output stage to such an extent that online catalogs can be considered as a significant departure from manual catalogs. The redesign for use in the online environment of bibliographical standards (cataloging codes, MARC formats and ISBDs) which are based on the concept of the card catalog should be based on the conceptual as well as the practical differences between the online catalog and the card catalog.

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OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, vol. 11 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1065-075X

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Publication date: 1 January 1996

Karen M. Drabenstott

Search trees are a set of paths with branches or choices that enable a system to carry out the most sensible search approach at each stage of a search. A new design for…

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Search trees are a set of paths with branches or choices that enable a system to carry out the most sensible search approach at each stage of a search. A new design for subject access to online catalogs enlists search trees to identify the characteristics of end‐user queries for subjects, control system responses, and determine appropriate subject‐searching approaches in response to the subject queries users entered. The purpose of this article is to identify characteristics of the most difficult user queries and recommend enhancements to the new subject‐searching design to enable it to produce useful retrievals in response to the wide variety of queries users pose to online catalogs. Online catalogs governed by search trees are more effective than the users themselves in selecting subject‐searching approaches that would produce useful information for the subjects users seek. The enhanced search trees presented and tested in this article enlist subject‐searching approaches that are not typical of the functionality of operational online catalogs. Design and development is required to upgrade existing online catalogs with search trees and new subject‐searching functionality to be successful in responding with useful retrievals to the most difficult user queries.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 14 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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