Document (#11933)

Author
Pienaar, R.E.
Title
Enhancement of subject access in online public access catalogues (OPACs)
Source
South African journal of library and information science. 57(1989) no.4, S.378-382
Year
1989
Abstract
Subject access plays an important part when plans are made for an on-line public access catalogue (OPAC). Therefore, current subject searching facilities in OPACs should be accessed carefully. These facilities include, amongst other things, phrase searching, keyword searching and class number retrieval. Users reaction have been instrumental in identifying certain shortcomings in subject access to OPACs. Points out certain shortcomings in subject access, as shown by a number of research projects undertaken during the past decade. Highlights aspects which could, in future, improve subject access in OPACs. This could be achieved by either enhancing content representation in the records within the OPAC data base or by enhancing the searchability and browsability of the OPAC. Considers whether the on-line catalogue will ever be a finished, perfect product, or achieve the universal, familiar uniformity experienced by users of the 20th century card catalogue.
Theme
Kataloganreicherung

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