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PAC Searching and Administration Training
A service of the Connecticut State Library and your local library

Searching the reQuest catalogs (Main and Serials) allows libraries and library users to find and display holdings for over 3.4 million records representing all formats in Connecticut libraries. Through administration of the PAC (Public Access Catalog), the library can offer users the ability to search subsets of the entire catalog and can control the order in which holdings display.

Topics covered in the Searching segment include:

  • Overview of Access Options
  • Term Browse Searching and navigating search results
  • Basic Word Searching
  • Advanced Boolean Searching, including qualifiers
  • Number Searching
  • Searching alternative databases using Z39.50

Topics covered in the PAC Administration segment include:

  • Modifying the library profile
  • Setting initial database
  • Enabling interlibrary loan
  • Modifying database options
  • Creating Scoping levels
  • Creating Holder Groups
  • Assigning libraries to Scoping levels and Holder groups

If you have questions about PAC Searching and Administration, please contact:
Gail Hurley, Statewide Library Catalog Coordinator
Telephone:  (860) 704-2222 or toll free (888) 256-1222


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