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Retrieval Information System Using OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue)



Retrieval information is a media service to obtain information or sources of information required by the user. This system helped users to find their needed informations. In the library, retrieval information system is an important element to find various sources of information.

According to Sulistyo-Basuki, retrieval information system is an activity which aims to provide and supply information for users in response to their requests or based on their needs.  In the library, this system is one of the important elements in the activity of retrieval collection and information which needed by user. According to Chowdhury, the main function of the retrievel information system can be summarized as follows:

  1. To analyze the contents of a document.\
  2. Representing the content of the source information in a certain way to meet with the statement (user query).
  3. Representing a user's query in a certain way to meet with the source of information contained in the library database.
  4. Encounter a search statement with data stored in the database.
  5. Retrieving relevant information.
  6. Refines for system work based on user-provided feedback.


OPAC stands for online public access catalog. It is an update tool and best choice for user to find sources of information in the library. In addition, it is the easiest and cheapest way that help user to find sources of information.  Users can directly access to the library’s database by using OPAC. OPAC also help librarian easily to conduct cataloging activities, check books and do other activities. 

 In conclusion

The purpose of providing OPAC in the library is to give satisfaction for users and library human resources in accelerating the search of information available in the library. It is also help users in retrieval information systems in a library. In addition, it simplifies librarians in the work of cataloging and classification, checking books being borrowed, knowing which books are being borrowed.

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