Library Catalog

A library catalog (or library catalogue) is a register of all bibliographic items found in a library or group of libraries, such as a network of libraries at several locations. A bibliographic item can be any information entity (e.g., books, computer files, graphics, realia, cartographic materials, etc.) that is considered library material (e.g., a single novel in an anthology), or a group of library materials (e.g., a trilogy), or linked from the catalog (e.g., a webpage) as far as it is relevant to the catalog and to the users (patrons) of the library.

The card catalog was a familiar sight to library users for generations, but it has been effectively replaced by the online public access catalog (OPAC). Some still refer to the online catalog as a "card catalog". Some libraries with OPAC access still have card catalogs on site, but these are now strictly a secondary resource and are seldom updated. Many of the libraries that have retained their physical card catalog post a sign advising the last year that the card catalog was updated. Some libraries have eliminated their card catalog in favour of the OPAC for the purpose of saving space for other use, such as additional shelving.

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UNCG University Libraries - Collections
... The Library Catalog of UNCG currently contains holdings for materials in the Walter Clinton Jackson Library (except maps), the Music Library, and many materials in the University Teaching and Learning Center ... Rare Books, and University Archives are increasingly available via the online catalog ... Jackson Library houses a growing collection of Electronic Resources ...
List Of Next-generation Library Catalogs
... An Online Public Access Catalog (often abbreviated as OPAC or simply Library Catalog) is an online database of materials held by a library or group of libraries ... Users typically search a library catalog to locate books, periodicals, audio/visual materials or other items under control of a library ... to the internet became more accessible to more people library users have grown more and more accustomed to these sites and search engines ...
Library Catalog - Online Catalogs
1910s or 1920s]] Online cataloging, such as Dynix, has greatly enhanced the usability of catalogs, thanks to the rise of MAchine Readable Cataloging = MARC standards in the 1960s ... Rules governing the creation of catalog MARC records include not only formal cataloging rules like AACR2 but also special rules specific to MARC, available from the ... used to automate the creation of physical catalog cards Now the MARC computer files are accessed directly in the search process ...

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