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An Online Public Access Catalog (often abbreviated as OPAC or simply Library Catalog) is an online database of materials held by a library or group of libraries. Users search a library catalog principally to locate books and other material physically located at a library. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: OPAC)

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  • Number of articles referring to 'opac': 97 (5.6% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'opac' across all Ariadne articles: 195
  • Average number of references to 'opac' per Ariadne article: 2.01
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'opac': 1996-01
  • Trending factor of 'opac': 0 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'opac':

  1. jon knight (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. graham seaman (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. andy powell (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. sarah thompson (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. christine ellwood (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Z39.50 for All

Paul Miller looks at the Z39.50 standard and attempts to extract some meaning from the mass of associated literature.

September 1999, issue21, feature article

York Information Connections: An Attempt to Catalogue the Internet

Christine Ellwood and Sarah Thompson outline the rationale behind the approach of the University of York Library to cataloguing Internet resources.

September 1997, issue11, review

Wire: Interview Via Email With Jon Knight and Martin Hamilton

In this interview we question Knight and Martin Hamilton and present their replies.

May 1997, issue9, regular column

What's Good and Bad about BUBL

Traugott Koch reviews the Bulletin Board for Libraries (BUBL).

January 1996, issue1, feature article

What Features in a Portal?

Geoff Butters analyses the features found in various types of portal, and includes a comparison with the planned features for the JISC Subject Portals.

April 2003, issue35, feature article

WebWatch: UK University Search Engines

Brian Kelly explores the search facilities used by UK university Web sites.

September 1999, issue21, tooled up

Web Access for the Disabled

Cathy Murtha outlines the problems that audio-visually impaired people encounter when trying to use network-based resources.

January 1997, issue7, regular column

Walk-in Access to e-Resources at the University of Bath

Kate Robinson, Lizz Jennings and Laurence Lockton outline a low-cost solution to walk-in (visitor) access to licensed e-journals, drawing on their practice at the University of Bath with a wiki ERM and OPAC terminals.

July 2012, issue69, tooled up

View from the Hill: Birkbeck

Ariadne interview with Philippa Dolphin at Birkbeck, about how IT issues are tackled there.

July 1998, issue16, regular column

VERITY

Panayiotis Periorellis and Walter Scales writes about the VERITY European Telematics Project.

September 1998, issue17, project update

The Networked Library Service Layer: Sharing Data for More Effective Management and Cooperation

Janifer Gatenby identifies criteria for determining which data in various library systems could be more beneficially shared and managed at a network level.

July 2008, issue56, feature article

The Library Catalogue in the New Discovery Environment: Some Thoughts

Lorcan Dempsey explores how the library catalogue will develop alongside evolving network discovery systems.

July 2006, issue48, feature article

The JOIN-UP Programme: Seminar on Linking Technologies

Sandy Shaw reports on a seminar bringing together experts in the field of linking technology for JISC's JOIN-UP Programme.

June 2001, issue28, event report

The JIBS Workshop on Resource/Reading List Software - the Reality

Frances Boyle reports on the one-day workshop on the current state of play in the Resource/Reading List software market, held at the SaÔd Business School, University of Oxford, on 9 September 2004.

October 2004, issue41, event report

The International Institute for Electronic Library Research: A New Kid on the Block

Marilyn Deegan describes the International Institute for Electronic Library Research, a significant new centre of research based at De Montfort University.

September 1996, issue5, project update

The CLIF Project: The Repository as Part of a Content Lifecycle

Richard Green, Chris Awre and Simon Waddington describe how a digital repository can become part of the technical landscape within an institution and support digital content lifecycle management across systems. 

March 2012, issue68, feature article

The British Libraries Private Finance Initiative

The British Library's Digital Library Programme gives Ariadne an exclusive on its Private Finance Initiative.

January 1997, issue7, regular column

The Access Catalogue Gateway to Resources

Terry Hanson explores how libraries might develop effective ways of indicating their access arrangements to their users.

May 1998, issue15, feature article

Student Searching Behaviour in the JISC Information Environment

Jill R. Griffiths and Peter Brophy report on work in progress and air some initial findings on the EDNER project, which undertakes evaluation of the developing JISC Information Environment.

October 2002, issue33, feature article

Spotlight on BIDS

BIDS is put under the spotlight by Isobel Stark, a BIDS trainer amongst other things, who gives us her thoughts on one of the UK's most well-known networking services. Linked from this article are responses from BIDS people.

March 1996, issue2, feature article

So You Want to Build a Union Catalogue?

Matthew Dovey looks at various models of virtual union catalogues in addition to those adopted by the clump projects, and other models of physical catalogues.

March 2000, issue23, feature article

Sharing History of Science and Medicine Gateway Metadata Using OAI-PMH

David Little outlines the resource sharing arrangements between the MedHist gateway and the Humbul hub, using the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, and some of the issues it has raised.

January 2003, issue34, feature article

Search Engines Corner

Dave Beckett discusses the best of the search engine features.

July 1998, issue16, regular column

Retooling Special Collections Digitisation in the Age of Mass Scanning

Constance Rinaldo, Judith Warnement, Tom Baione, Martin R. Kalfatovic and Susan Fraser describe results from a study to identify and develop a cost-effective and efficient large-scale digitisation workflow for special collections library materials.

July 2011, issue67, feature article

Reaching the OPAC: Java Telnet

Bill Drew writes about accessing his library's OPAC within a web page using Java Telnet. He looks at the need, implementation, problems, and opportunities.

March 1997, issue8, feature article

Public Library 2.0: Culture Change?

Sarah Hammond explores UK public libraries' growing participation in social media to reach their audiences online, with a focus on blogging.

July 2010, issue64, feature article

Public Libraries: I Just Got Back from the Windy City..

Sarah Ormes reports on the recent American Library Association conference held in Chicago.

September 2000, issue25, regular column

Public Libraries Corner: Elvis Is Alive and Well and Selling Library Management Systems in Kansas City

Sarah Ormes reports from the American Public Library Association conference in Missouri.

May 1998, issue15, regular column

Projects Into Services: The UK Experience

Peter Brophy reviews the experience of the UK academic sector in turning digital library projects into sustainable services.

February 2006, issue46, feature article

Project Patron

Elizabeth Lyon and Jon Maslin describe this JISC eLib Programme project (Performing Arts Teaching Resources Online).

May 1998, issue15, feature article

Preparing Students for a New Electronic Service

Preparing students for a new electronic service : Elizabeth Gadd outlines the approaches and experiences of Project ACORN in training and promoting their new electronic 'short-loan' collection.

May 1997, issue9, feature article

Practical Clumping: Mick Ridley on the BOPAC System

Mick Ridley discusses the BOPAC system.

June 1999, issue20, feature article

Portals, Portals Everywhere

Ian Dolphin, Paul Miller and Robert Sherratt report on two conferences over the summer which explored the progress being made in deploying institutional portals of various forms.

October 2002, issue33, event report

Planet SOSIG: Regard

Sue Timmis introduces REGARD, a new research database now available on the World Wide Web.

March 1998, issue14, regular column

PICK: Library and Information Science Resources on the Internet

In 1995, the Thomas Parry Library, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, won funding for PICK, a project to build a gateway to quality resources in the LIS field. Here, Andrew Cox describes this gateway, and reviews the project's achievements at the end of the first year.

September 1996, issue5, project update

OpenResolver: A Simple OpenURL Resolver

Andy Powell describes UKOLN's OpenResolver, a freely available demonstration OpenURL resolver.

June 2001, issue28, feature article

Newsline: News You Can Use

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

May 1998, issue15, news and events

Monash University Electronic Reserve Project

Hans W. Groenewegen, Debbie Hedger and Iris Radulescu describe Monash University's Electronic Reserve Project which is at the core of the electronic library project at the University's new Berwick campus.

March 1997, issue8, project update

Minotaur

In our regular sceptic's column, information nirvana in the form of the Net has not yet reached Ruth Jenkins.

March 1996, issue2, regular column

Metadata Corner: Naming Names - Metadata Registries

Rachel Heery examines metadata issues.

September 1997, issue11, regular column

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