Online library catalogs, Online information services, Electronic information resources -- Management
The article offers information on the modern online public access catalog (OPAC) which is available on the Internet through WorldCat in the U.S. As stated, modern OPAC improves on previous catalogs with enhanced search capabilities and is accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. In addition, WorldCat.org offers an interface that displays search results that guide users to the nearest library that holds the item in question, thus allowing the user to find the quickest way of obtaining the item from a library.
This is the author's peer reviewed final manuscript as accepted for publication.
Larsen, Thomas W., "The Library Catalog as Experimental Sandbox" (2009). Library Faculty Publications and Presentations. 77.