Title

Comparison and Evaluation of OPAC End-User Interfaces

Publication Title

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Publication Date

1994

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1300/J104v19n02_05

Keywords

comparison, evaluation, OPAC, end-user interfaces

Disciplines

Cataloging and Metadata | Library and Information Science

Abstract

Compares and evaluates the functional capabilities and interface characteristics of OPACs from the user-oriented perspective, using a systematic framework. OPACs of OhioLINK and its 16 member libraries are the object of the investigation. The interfaces used six system software but showed a variety of features in access to OPACs, operational control, access points, search formulation control, and user assistance. Interface design alternatives are identified and qualitatively analyzed.