In Review -- OPAC Directory, 1993: An Annual Guide to Online Public Access Catalogs and Databases Compiled by Regina Rega

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In Review -- OPAC Directory, 1993: An Annual Guide to Online Public Access Catalogs and Databases Compiled by Regina Rega


Johnson, Richard, Computers in Libraries


In this column we alert readers to new publications related to computers and their use in libraries. Publishers are invited to send information about their new titles and review copies to the Book Review Editor, Richard D. Johnson, 2 Walling Blvd., Oneonta, NY 13820-1918. Readers wishing to prepare reviews for the column should write to Johnson, listing their interests and qualifications.

OPAC Directory, 1993: An Annual Guide to Online Public Access Catalogs and Databases. Compiled by Regina Rega. Meckler, 1993. 309p. $60, paper.

Published since 1990 with the title, Dial In, the 1993 edition features a new title and includes descriptions of approximately 280 online public access catalogs (OPAC). This represents an increase of approximately fifty entries from the previous edition. The catalogs are primarily for libraries in the United States but also include thirteen in Canada, three in Israel, and one each in Australia and Spain. One page of the directory is devoted to each of the listed catalogs and includes the number of entries in the OPAC, data on the system used, log-in procedures, and general directory information, including staff to contact.

Three introductory essays add considerable value to this guide: Michael Schuyler, the directory's founding editor, assesses the present status of OPACs and looks to their future. Three librarians from California State University, Northridge, outline preparation of work sheets to achieve a standard method to describe and annotate OPAC search commands and present a sample search sheet. David Cook, from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, writes about the relationship of Canadian OPACs with CA*NET, the Canadian branch of the Internet.

CompuServe CIM Running Start. By Bob Campbell. Sybex, 1993. 254p. $17.95, paper.

A guide to the Windows version of CompuServe, the Information Manager (CIM).

Computers for Libraries. 3d ed. By Jennifer Rowley. Library Association, 1993. 311p. $60. (Available from Unipub, 4611-F Assembly Drive, Lanham, MD 20705-7666. …

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