OPAC Survey

This activity will explore the functionality of the automation system in your media center. You do not have to be the media specialist to complete the survey! You do, naturally, have to visit the media center and use the automation system.

If you are not the media specialist, you may have to ask her/him for assistance with some of the questions.

Name


Are you currently working in a school library media center in any capacity?
Yes
No


If you are currently working in a school library media center, how long have you been working there?
less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
2 to 3 years
more than 3 years


Does your media center have an automation system (OPAC) that includes BOTH circulation and catalog functions?
Yes
No


Are Audio-visual items (videotapes, sound recordings, etc.) included in your OPAC?
Yes
No


Can you search the OPAC for an item by author in natural word order (ex: Mark Twain)?
Yes
No


If you do a subject search, and the search term is invalid, are you referred to a correct subject term (Felines—see Cats)?
Yes
No


Can you search contents of a collective biography (find a chapter about Charles Drew in a collective biography of 50 famous African-American scientists)?
Yes
No


Can your OPAC be accessed (via the school network) in each classroom?
Yes
No


Can your OPAC be accessed via the Internet from a student’s or teacher's home?
Yes
No


Does your school district have a district-wide OPAC accessible on the Internet, where you can see what items are in the collection of others schools in your district?
Yes
No


Does Florida have a state-wide online catalog for K-12 schools?
Yes
No


When books are purchased from vendors, are MARC records for the OPAC also included?
Yes
No


If so, are these records checked for accuracy?
Yes
No


If MARC records are not purchased when items are ordered, does the media specialist (or paraprofessional) create the catalog entries “from scratch”?
Yes
No


Does your media center use Library of Congress subject headings in the OPAC?
Yes
No


Does your media center use Sears subject headings in the OPAC?
Yes
No


Do your book vendors assign Dewey classification numbers to your books and/or AV items?
Yes
No


If the book vendors assign Dewey classification numbers, are these ever changed by the media specialist?
Yes
No


Does the media specialist assign Dewey classification numbers to your books and/or AV items, perhaps only for donated items?
Yes
No


If the media specialist ever checks or changes Dewey numbers, is there a copy of Abridged Dewey 14th edition in the media center?
Yes
No


What, specifically, do you hope to learn in this class?