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What does OPACS stand for?

OPACS stands for Online Public Access Catalogs

This definition appears frequently and is found in the following Acronym Finder categories:

  • Information technology (IT) and computers
  • Organizations, NGOs, schools, universities, etc.

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Programs discussed include the Ubuntu operating system, Open Office, Gimp, Scribus, Audacity, a variety of content management packages, including Drupal and Joomla, and several implementations of Online Public Access Catalogs such as Vufind, Koha and Evergreen.
With the rise of automated library systems--first circulation control systems in the mid-1970s, then fully integrated systems with online public access catalogs [OPACs] through the 1980s--the distinctions between bibliographic files created, controlled, and accessible only by technical services personnel and those of public services became blurred.
Inside the Cataloging Directorate of the Library of Congress, passionate debates about the essence of quality cataloging have taken place, and catalogers and reference librarians alike have argued that anything less than the full original cataloging record created by specialists at the Library of Congress introduced corruption into LC's online catalog, and that the distribution of cataloging other than this type was a disservice to other libraries depending on LC for the solid foundation on which they constructed their own online public access catalogs and other bibliographic files.