Library Catalogue in the Internet Age

Library Catalogue in the Internet Age

Chetan Sudhakar Sonawane (KMC College, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2119-8.ch009
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The library catalogue has represented stagnant technology for close to two decades. An ideal Library catalogue should enable the end users to search and find material/resources without the help of a librarian. The introduction of Web 2.0 has helped to improve the basic functionality of the library catalogue and help it to adapt to the new trends. Web 2.0 has opened the climate for collaboration and participation where users no longer only receive but also create and share content. In the Internet age today the Library Catalogue can function like a portal and this function can be exploited by redirecting the users to other useful information. System designers are continuously trying to adopt new trends in OPACs. In the 21st century such a shift from the simple catalogue to the web enriched advanced catalogue is anticipated and welcomed.
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Library Catalogue In Modern Era

In the year 1960, a major breakthrough has taken place in the development of library catalogue in the form of MARC (Machine Readable Catalogue). Before this in the 19th century several catalogue codes like AACR (Anglo American Cataloguing Rule), CCC (Classified Catalogue Code) were designed to standardized the practice of entering bibliographical details on card catalogue. With the development of MARC, it led the standard for encoding catalogue record electronically enabling computerized system to search and retrieve information effectively. MARC called for each bibliographic field to be assigned a unique numerical tag, and sometime an alphabetical sub tag, so as when a search is carried out by title, author or subject the computer program will look into such specific numerical tag in the database. (Kumar, 2013)

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