This page holds the material for my workshop project for LIS 560. It features work from the design process of a workshop intended to teach users to use the OPAC. Feel free to check it all out.


FYI I had trouble get my external mic to work so I had to use the internal mic on my laptop so the sound could be better. I used Pointecast to publish it. I also am uploading the powerpoint slides so you can view it that way. Most of what I say during the presentation is in the slide notes.


PowerPoint Slides

Assignment Links

Attention Activity

Lit Review

Lesson Plan


Bates, M. J. (1989). The design of browsing and berrypicking techniques for the online search interface. Online Review, 13(5), 407-24. Retrieved from ERIC database.

Borgman, C. (1996). Why are online catalogs still hard to use? Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 47(7), 493-503. Retrieved from

Cutter, C. A., Cutter, W. P., Ford, W. C., Phillips, P. L., & Sonneck, O. G. T.,. (1904). Rules for a dictionary catalog,. Washington: Govt. Print. Off. Retrieved from WorldCat

Hert, C. (1996). User goals on an online public access catalog. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 47(7), 504-518. Retrieved from

Large, A., & Beheshti, J. (1997). OPACs: A research review. Library & Information Science Research, 19(2), 111-133. doi:DOI: 10.1016/S0740-8188(97)90039-6

Morrison, H. G. (1999). Online catalogue research and the verbal protocol method. LIBRARY HI TECH, 17(2), 197-206. Retrieved from Blis database.

Novotny, E. (2004). I don’t think I click: A protocol analysis study of use of a library online catalog in the internet age. COLLEGE AND RESEARCH LIBRARIES, 65, 525-537. Retrieved from Blis database.

Novotny, E., & Cahoy, E. S. (2006). If we teach, do they learn? the impact of instruction on online catalog search strategies. PORTAL, 6(2), 155-168. Retrieved from Blis database.

Ray, K. L., & Lang, M. S. (1997). Analyzing search styles of patrons and staff: A replicative study of two university libraries. Library Resources & Technical Services, 41(3), 219-35. Retrieved from ERIC database.

Sit, R. A. (1998). Online library catalog search performance by older adult users. Library & Information Science Research, 20(2), 115-131. doi:DOI: 10.1016/S0740-8188(98)90015-9

Slone, D. (2000). Encounters with the OPAC: On-line searching in public libraries. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 51(8), 757-773. Retrieved from

Yu, H., & Young, M. (2004). The impact of web search engines on subject searching in OPAC. Information Technology and Libraries., 23(4), 168. Retrieved from ArticleFirst database.