[Web4lib] How to label the OPAC (was: Role of the OPAC)

Mitchell, Michael Michael.Mitchell at brazosport.edu
Tue Jul 26 11:06:00 EDT 2005

Where would we be if our academic disciplines were so worried about
introducing students to new vocabulary or specialized meanings of old
vocabulary? If college students don't know what a catalog is in a
library it is time they learned. It's not like we're asking them to
learn the meaning of a word like polyhydroxyalkanoates. I'm not going to
stop calling our library a library either just because some students
don't know what all we have to offer.
	Having said that, I think something like "Library Catalog - Find
books and more" makes sense.

Michael Mitchell
Technical Services Librarian
Brazosport College
Lake Jackson, TX
michael.mitchell at brazosport.edu 

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> > primary assumption going in. And how many potential users do we
> > lose--reasonably intelligent people who are making every effort to
> > what they know to our websites--because they look, they apply
> > then they conclude we don't offer what we need? They aren't "dumb,"
> it's
> > not dumbing anything down to design the system around their task
> knowledge.

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