Information analysis and organization
|Analysis of 3 OPACs
||Library and link to website or catalog
||Kalamazoo Public Library (e-library
OPAC) (ALA Library of the Year, 2002)
||Las Vegas/Clark County District Library
Library of the Year, 2003)
||New York Public Library (CatNYP)
Trier High School Library (catalog)
Community (library catalog)
||Art Institute of
Chicago Libraries & Archives (Ryerson & Burnham libraries
||Western Michigan University
||University of Michigan Libraries (Mirlyn
||Fordham University Library (catalog)
To check your account or renew online, select My Account in the blue bar near the top of the catalog page. Enter the ID number on the back of your library card when prompted. Your PIN number is the last four digits of your phone number. — Library website homepage.[NOTE: As of December 2005, the wording for this is somewhat different, and it now appears on a different page, titled "How to Login". AP.]
I am evaluating your catalog for ILS506, Information analysis & organization, Southern Connecticut State University. The link for Help on the Kept Screen does not work. Also, I could not find a link from the catalog back to the KPL home page. Am I missing it? Otherwise, I am very impressed with the catalog's features and options. Does Sirsi charge a lot for this? Sincerely, Amy Proni.An unnamed person who answers email at the library responded the next day:
“Thanks for the info about the 404 help for kept. As to a link back to our home page, logout will take you to www.kpl.gov. We just got Sirsi in May and are still figuring things out, hence no button for our web catalog. As to cost, it was roughly $350,000. But we were a DRA site [a previous catalog program from the same company] and got all our modules, circ, Acq, collection agency, Z39.50 etc for free. We pay maintenance but did not have to ‘buy’ the module. If you had to buy the modules the price would be higher. iBistro itself is about $45,000. The iBistro web is nice, esp. with the iBistro DataStream subscription for the covers and reviews, best seller lists, etc. Keep in mind we had to purchase a Unix server to load all this software on. We also purchase[d] a Test server in addition to our production server.”Conclusions: One week later, the link to Help within the Kept module still does not work. Logout does indeed return the user to the Library homepage, but I think that if I, an experienced web user, did not make the connection that Logout = www.kpl.gov, then what must children or senior citizens or less-savvy users make of this? I was surprised by the unsigned response; I expected more from a “Library of the Year.”
For a general search of the library catalog, we recommend starting with Library Catalog Excluding Auction Catalogs.–Library website homepage.Basic information: The library catalog has been divided into sections to make searching easier. Patrons can choose which section to search at the Main Menu. There are links to the Library homepage, Help, and Electronic resources. The Help screen offers information on: Auction catalogs, Boolean searching (nice graphics reinforce the textual explanation), Consignor, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Limiting, Marking and saving records, Printing or e-mailing records, Sections, Truncation.
Library Catalog Excluding Auction Catalogs: This section contains all library holdings (books, serials, archival material, microfilm and more) except for auction catalogs.Search process observations: Searches may be limited:
Auction Catalogs Only: Includes over 70,000 auction catalogs held by the libraries.
Periodicals Only: Includes all periodical titles held by the libraries.
Mary Reynolds Collection Only: Includes over 600 books and periodicals held in the Mary Reynolds Collection on Surrealism.
View Entire Collection. Offers a combined search of all sections.
by Language [drop-down menu] (Any, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, German, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean);Search options: Author or Subject; Title; Author and Title; Words in subject; Words in the title; Words in the notes; Call number; ISBN – ISSN.
by Words in the author;
by Words in the title;
by Words in the subject;
by Words in the notes;
or by Publisher;
by Material type: [drop-down menu] (Any; Book; Auction catalog; Serial; Archival);
by Format: [drop-down menu] (Any; Print; Microfilm; Microfiche; Internet resource; CD-ROM; Video cassette; DVD; Audio cassette; Record album; Mixed);
by Where item is located: [drop-down menu] (Any; Open shelf; Pamphlets; R&B archives; Print department);
by Year of publication: After [blank] and Before [blank];
by Date of sale;
and Sort results by year.
Many of The Research Libraries’ holdings are still only found in the 800 volume Dictionary Catalog of The Research Libraries, published by G.K. Hall. Also known as the “black books” or “retrospective” catalog, it contains records of books and periodicals acquired by the Library prior to 1972. This is a photographic copy, in book form, of the Library's card catalog. The Dictionary Catalog is primarily an author and subject catalog, with a minimum number of entries for titles, interfiled in one alphabet. Information about the filing order of the catalog may be found at the beginning of each volume. A typical page comprises 21 cards, each one numbered sequentially at the bottom. The Dictionary Catalog does not include all of the Libraries’ holdings–neither those of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture nor those of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Holdings of the Map Division and some special collections such as Manuscripts and Archives and the Arents Collection, plus works in non-romanized alphabets from the Jewish, Oriental, and Slavic and Baltic Divisions are also not included.—Information found on the About CATNYP pageNOTE: A copy of this 800-volume set is held by the University of Michigan Library in Ann Arbor.
Call numbers used in The Research Libraries comprise several different schemes, including Billings, modified Billings, Fixed Order, and Billings combined with modified Library of Congress Classification or Dewey Decimal Classification. In the past, call number sorting in CATNYP has been counterintuitive. For example, our fixed order call numbers have displayed in CATNYP browse lists as if the numbers were decimals rather than integers. New software has corrected this problem.—Information found on the Call number search page.The Billings call number scheme is named for the first head librarian at NYPL, James Shaw Billings.