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Predicting the relevance of a library catalog search

Michael D. Cooper, Hui-Min Chen
2001 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  
In this paper, a simple operational definition of relevance is proposed for a Web-based library catalog: whether or not during a search session the user saves, prints, mails, or downloads a citation.  ...  This was done for 905,970 sessions conducted with the University of California's Melvyl online catalog. Next, a methodology was developed to try to predict the relevance of a session.  ...  The implications of this research approach extend beyond the prediction of the relevance of a library catalog session.  ... 
doi:10.1002/asi.1140 fatcat:rptyhbgidbaxbjow32ze53zmva

Predicting the relevance of a library catalog search

Michael D. Cooper, Hui‐Min Chen
2001 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  
In this paper, a simple operational definition of relevance is proposed for a Web-based library catalog: whether or not during a search session the user saves, prints, mails, or downloads a citation.  ...  This was done for 905,970 sessions conducted with the University of California's Melvyl online catalog. Next, a methodology was developed to try to predict the relevance of a session.  ...  The implications of this research approach extend beyond the prediction of the relevance of a library catalog session.  ... 
doi:10.1002/asi.1140.abs fatcat:kjgu563r5nchtfjtubaf3wbp5m

Page 150 of Library Resources & Technical Services Vol. 52, Issue 3 [page]

2008 Library Resources & Technical Services  
150 El-Sherbini the absence of relevance ranking in most online catalogs. In a subsequent posting, Schneider provided a checklist of some features that would benefit the OPAC.  ...  In 2003, Wilder reported that catalogers in Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member libraries constitute one of the old- est categories of an aging librarian population and predicted that one third  ... 

Bibliographic challenges in historical context: looking back to 1982

Norm Medeiros
2007 OCLC Systems & Services  
THE PLACE OF THE CATALOG With stunning precision, Williamson predicts the future place of the catalog and role of the library upon the 50 th anniversary of ALCTS: I see a catalog in our future, but a catalog  ...  If I live to comment on the 75 th anniversary of ALCTS, I suspect the issue of library relevance will still be with us. Will the catalog be there as well? I'll let you know when we reach the horizon.  ... 
doi:10.1108/10650750710831457 fatcat:fwyh3reemfhddbr4tvx3fm2a5q

Editorial

Marc Truitt
2008 Information Technology and Libraries  
This initiative included several innovative features not previously found in library catalogs, such as search result relevance ranking and the ability to perform faceted searching against a variety of  ...  Or, it is the now-obsolete product of a labor-intensive process of description and subject analysis that has no relevance in a Web-centric world where "everything" is findable via the Google search-box  ... 
doi:10.6017/ital.v27i2.3251 fatcat:zrwzzbwmurcrhn33t5fiefeirq

Index to Volume 47, 2003

Edward Swanson
2003 Library resources & technical services  
188-91 "The Preservation Evolution: A Review of Preservation Literature, 1999-2001" 59-70 Preservation of electronic resources: 135-36 (r); search also under Preservation of library materials S  ...  : Are the Old Models Still Relevant?"  ...  Preservation of library materials Manuscript Submission Manuscripts of articles should be sent to the interim editor, Peggy Johnson, University of Minnesota Libraries, 499 Wilson Library, 309 19th Ave  ... 
doi:10.5860/lrts.47n4.217 fatcat:3kp67yr24fd2rhbsowrpavtnma

Usability Studies of Faceted Browsing: A Literature Review

Jody Condit Fagan
2010 Information Technology and Libraries  
Faceted browsing is a common feature of new library catalog interfaces. But to what extent does it improve user performance in searching within today's library catalog systems?  ...  Both the results and the methods of these studies are analyzed by asking, What do we currently know about faceted browsing? How can we design better studies of faceted browsing in library catalogs?  ...  predictable organization of category hierarchies. 10 ■ Results The author grouped the literature into two categories: user studies of faceted browsing and user studies of library catalog interfaces  ... 
doi:10.6017/ital.v29i2.3144 fatcat:4iw5uvjtv5f3dlomnjkk242usm

Cheshire II: Designing a next-generation online catalog

Ray R. Larson, Jerome McDonough, Paul O'Leary, Lucy Kuntz, Ralph Moon
1996 Journal of the American Society for Information Science  
The Cheshire II online catalog system was designed to provide a bridge between the realms of purely bibliographical information and the rapidly expanding full-text and multimedia collections available  ...  The system uses a client-server architecture with X window client communication with an SGML-based probabilistic search engine using the 239.50 information retrieval protocol.  ...  Acknowledgments The work described in this article was sponsored by a College Library Technology and Cooperation Grants Program, HEA-IIA, Research and Demonstration Grant (R197D30040) from the U.S.  ... 
doi:10.1002/(sici)1097-4571(199607)47:7<555::aid-asi7>3.0.co;2-t fatcat:oux75vpq5jb5rhtryz7dvgao3a

Innovations Affecting Us -- Enhancing the OPAC through Library Thing

Elaine Robbins
2013 Against the Grain  
Libraries' most central goal in this digital era is to provide ways to make the library relevant and more functional for its users.  ...  As reference librarians know, the accuracy and efficiency of your catalog search dictates patron satisfaction or frustration.  ... 
doi:10.7771/2380-176x.5350 fatcat:3hqfuyaftvgupngsviaprt2imm

Page 45 of Library Resources & Technical Services Vol. 34, Issue 2 [page]

1990 Library Resources & Technical Services  
Instead, I began with sources I had cited in the sabbatical proposal and with a search of the library catalog, Library Literature,’ and the ERIC indexes after identifying the most promising subject terms  ...  Can subject heading forms be predicted, at least within each ma- jor subject field, to increase the success rate of subject searching?  ... 

Information-seeking behavior of catalog users

R. Tagliacozzo, M. Kochen
1970 Information Storage and Retrieval  
This study is based on the data from a survey of catalog use at three university libraries and one public library. Both "known-item" searches and "subject" searches were analyzed.  ...  A relation was found between the academic rank of the catalog users and type of search that they carry out.  ...  Chance, Director of the Ann Arbor Public Library, for allowing us to carry out our survey of the catalog users.  ... 
doi:10.1016/0020-0271(70)90029-x fatcat:qtecabs5hren7gx2tbhlnoflze

Subject Searches Using Two Catalogs: A Comparative Evaluation

James Khikelas
1969 College and Research Libraries  
This paper reports the results of a study undertaken to determine if dividing a traditional dictionary catalog would result in an increase in the effective use of university library catalogs.  ...  The results indicated that, for a series of questions representing different levels of difficulty, a change in arrangement from dictionary to divided would not materially assist college undergraduates  ...  period; and ( 3) to determine if patterns of search actually were similar enough to predict the general sections of the catalog that should be compared.  ... 
doi:10.5860/crl_30_06_506 fatcat:tj3ong3oevguffoj3tblqvifm4

Page 35 of Library & Information Science Abstracts Vol. , Issue 8 [page]

1992 Library & Information Science Abstracts  
Predicting relevance of documents from citations is a common problem for information users.  ...  (Original abstract) Vrg — Searching. Relevance. Evaluation 92/4670 What the eye sees while predicting a document's pertinence from its citation. Dara Lee Howard. In: ASIS ‘91.  ... 

The role of readers' literary preferences in predicting success in fiction search

Pertti Vakkari, Anna Mikkonen
2019 Journal of Documentation  
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to study what extent readers' socio-demographic characteristics, literary preferences and search behavior predict success in fiction search in library catalogs.  ...  Originality/value This study is one of the first to explore how readers' literary preferences and searching are associated with finding interesting novels, i.e. search success, in library catalogs.  ...  Conclusions We identified four literary orientations, which were associated with search success, although the pattern of associations varied greatly by orientation and type search task.  ... 
doi:10.1108/jd-01-2019-0005 fatcat:uaex562xk5c25eb5w3k45fqlue

Engine Of Innovation: Building the High Performance Catalog

Will Owen, Sarah C. Michalak
2015 Information Technology and Libraries  
Through a series of strategic enhancements, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in partnership with the other members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), has made the catalog  ...  Numerous studies have indicated that sophisticated web---based search engines have eclipsed the primary importance of the library catalog as the premier tool for researchers in higher education.  ...  new ones." 9 Marshall Breeding predicted characteristics of the next generation catalog.  ... 
doi:10.6017/ital.v34i2.5702 fatcat:ief54hcarrelpin26qta4wokqm
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