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The challenge of enhancing traditional services

Catalogues

Three decades of online catalogues

The current framework in which the information search and retrieval develops has triggered irreversible changes, both in the function traditionally assigned to the online catalogues and in the position that they occupy in access to information, in competition with the collection of global tools for retrieval implemented in the web. It seems clear that nowadays catalogues do not represent nuclear elements in the information search and that they have to limit themselves to occupy a modest second level.

Originally, the online catalogue was conceived as an essential library tool and we think that, to a certain extent, this conception of the OPAC has ...

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