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ItemAnd Only Half of What You See, Part I: Discounting the Counts(The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, 1994) Crawford, Walt ItemAnd Only Half of What You See, Part II: Skeletons in the Catalog(The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, 1994) Crawford, WaltLast year, the "Worst Serial Title Change Awards" report included an item scolding Ziff-Davis Publishing for abruptly changing the volume numbering on Popular Photography.  After all, Ziff-Davis, with some of the most popular and longest established special-interest magazines, should know better. ItemAnd Only Half of What You See, Part III: I Heard It Through the Internet.(The Public Access Computer Systems Review, 1994) Crawford, Walt ItemDreams, Devices, Niches, and Edges: Coping with the Changing Landscape of Information Technology(The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, 1993) Crawford, WaltReflects on changes in information technology and current and possible future trends. Topics discussed include technological innovations and their chances for success; information technology devices; finding market niches; and implications for libraries, including the future of print books and projections of electronic access and publishing. Item(for)Getting It: Toward Small Solutions(The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, 1995) Crawford, WaltSuggests that the virtual library is an impossibility and the ideal of an all-encompassing solution is unrealistic. Current roles of libraries as places for personal enrichment and places to learn more about things will merge with the new technologies to make the library a constantly evolving institution. ItemFuture User Interfaces and the Common Command Language(The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, 1990) Crawford, Walt ItemHelp!(The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, 1990) Crawford, WaltYour patron access systems probably have help screens available at the touch of a key. There are dozens--maybe even hundreds--of carefully-worded context-sensitive messages to help the frustrated patron. Some systems even incorporate the patron's problematic command into the help text. How often do those help screens get used? If you're typical, not very often. From what I've heard informally, systems with logging facilities show that help functions are so rarely used that, if they were indexes, they would be prime candidates for removal from the system. Not only in patron access systems, but in most interactive software, even the most superbly-crafted help facilities go unused--even while they could solve most problems that users face. Item"Those Who Don't, Won't"(The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, 1992) Crawford, WaltIt's all well and good to blather on about refinements and extensions to online catalogs. More power to those providing full-text access and adding retrieval for visual materials and sound. Good access to non-textual material is a vital part of modern library catalogs. ItemTwo Steps Forward, One Step Back(The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, 1992) Crawford, WaltProvides several examples of drawbacks encountered when technological improvements are applied to the public access of library databases. Suggests that technological advances all carry some trade-off and that they should be employed cautiously.