The level of exploitation of Universal Decimal Classification in library OPACs: a pilot study

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105346
Title:
The level of exploitation of Universal Decimal Classification in library OPACs: a pilot study
Author:
Slavic, Aida
Citation:
The level of exploitation of Universal Decimal Classification in library OPACs: a pilot study 2006-12, 49(3-4):155-182 Vjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatske
Journal:
Vjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatske
Issue Date:
Dec-2006
Description:
This is an abbreviated version of the original article.
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105346
Submitted date:
2006-12-11
Abstract:
This is an English translation of the article published in Vjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatske (Croatian Library Journal). The paper reports on a pilot study observing the level to which library classification, Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) specifically, is exploited in searching and browsing library OPACs. The study was conducted in 2004-2005. A selection of 30 Web OPACs using UDC from 22 countries were observed. The OPACs were representative of 5 in-house and 10 vendor library systems. Interface areas examined were: UDC access points, searching, browsing and display. In total, 23 designated interface functionalities were identified. From these observations, it transpires that there is a great discrepancy in the number of functions available, ranging from two to sixteen. The majority (87%) of OPACs have between seven and sixteen UDC related access points and functions enabled. Only four out of thirty catalogues offer top/down systematic browsing (i.e. knowledge area browsing), and only fourteen catalogues have a classification number in the bibliographic description hyperlinked to allow access to other titles in the same class. The study shows that Web OPACs offer different selections and a different number of functions in supporting searching or browsing UDC - even if libraries use the same vendor system. This study is only a pilot and does not analyse the differences between interface options in relation to the 'strength' of library systems and does not rank them according to their importance in IR. However, the study provides an insight into this, usually neglected, segment of library OPACs and establishes a framework for further research. At this stage the research does not include analysis of classification authority data on which the searching and browsing is based. Further research is planned to shed more light on IR specific functions and their relation to authority control and library systems.
Type:
Journal (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Classification; Library Systems
Local subject classification:
OPAC; Classification; UDC; Universal Decimal Classification; IR; Information retrieval; Subject approach to information; Library systems; Interface; Searching; Browsing

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dc.contributor.authorSlavic, Aidaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-12-11T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:24:03Z-
dc.date.issued2006-12en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-12-11en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe level of exploitation of Universal Decimal Classification in library OPACs: a pilot study 2006-12, 49(3-4):155-182 Vjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatskeen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105346-
dc.descriptionThis is an abbreviated version of the original article.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis is an English translation of the article published in Vjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatske (Croatian Library Journal). The paper reports on a pilot study observing the level to which library classification, Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) specifically, is exploited in searching and browsing library OPACs. The study was conducted in 2004-2005. A selection of 30 Web OPACs using UDC from 22 countries were observed. The OPACs were representative of 5 in-house and 10 vendor library systems. Interface areas examined were: UDC access points, searching, browsing and display. In total, 23 designated interface functionalities were identified. From these observations, it transpires that there is a great discrepancy in the number of functions available, ranging from two to sixteen. The majority (87%) of OPACs have between seven and sixteen UDC related access points and functions enabled. Only four out of thirty catalogues offer top/down systematic browsing (i.e. knowledge area browsing), and only fourteen catalogues have a classification number in the bibliographic description hyperlinked to allow access to other titles in the same class. The study shows that Web OPACs offer different selections and a different number of functions in supporting searching or browsing UDC - even if libraries use the same vendor system. This study is only a pilot and does not analyse the differences between interface options in relation to the 'strength' of library systems and does not rank them according to their importance in IR. However, the study provides an insight into this, usually neglected, segment of library OPACs and establishes a framework for further research. At this stage the research does not include analysis of classification authority data on which the searching and browsing is based. Further research is planned to shed more light on IR specific functions and their relation to authority control and library systems.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectClassificationen_US
dc.subjectLibrary Systemsen_US
dc.subject.otherOPACen_US
dc.subject.otherClassificationen_US
dc.subject.otherUDCen_US
dc.subject.otherUniversal Decimal Classificationen_US
dc.subject.otherIRen_US
dc.subject.otherInformation retrievalen_US
dc.subject.otherSubject approach to informationen_US
dc.subject.otherLibrary systemsen_US
dc.subject.otherInterfaceen_US
dc.subject.otherSearchingen_US
dc.subject.otherBrowsingen_US
dc.titleThe level of exploitation of Universal Decimal Classification in library OPACs: a pilot studyen_US
dc.typeJournal (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalVjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatskeen_US
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