Card-image public access catalogues (CIPACs) : An international survey

Oberhauser, Otto C. Card-image public access catalogues (CIPACs) : An international survey. Program : electronic library and information systems, 2003, vol. 37, n. 2, pp. 73-84. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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This paper surveys card-image public access catalogues (CIPACs) – online library catalogues based on databases of digitised catalogue cards and more or less sophisticated mechanisms for browsing or searching. Solutions of this kind have been implemented by a number of libraries in various countries since the mid-1990s, mainly as inexpensive alternatives to a full retrospective conversion of their old catalogues. The article presents a Web page dedicated to CIPACs, identifies and describes four main categories of interface software for such catalogues, and provides a comparative overview of 50 CIPACs in 11 countries, looking at aspects such as geographical distribution, growth and size, software, number of catalogues, processing and index creation, navigation, image formats, and other features.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Online catalogue, card catalogue, CIPACs, scanning, imaging, retrospective catalogue conversion, CIPAC software, international comparative overview, growth, spreading
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HM. OPACs.
L. Information technology and library technology > LR. OPAC systems.
I. Information treatment for information services > IH. Image systems.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JG. Digitization.
Depositing user: Otto Oberhauser
Date deposited: 19 Sep 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:04


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