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  • 1. Denise Bonin and Kathy Bryce Andornot Consulting Inc.
  • 2.
    • Interactivity
    • Information sharing
    • Collaboration
    • User generated content
    • Social networking
    • Personalization
    • How does your OPAC measure up to these?
  • 3.
    • Computerized card catalog / shelf list
    • Bibliographic data only
    • Physical inventory only
    • Buried
    • Separate interface unlike host website
    • Confusing search interface
    • Limited browseability
    • No interactivity
    • So why should your clients rush to use it?
  • 4. Note - default content not appropriate for site / no branding / no integration / complex search / video search separate
  • 5. http://www.diamondshreddies.com/index.php http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZeAwpPqnJU
  • 6.
    • Put yourself in your end user’s position:
    • Create a single Anyword search box
    • Create a separate Advanced search
    • Add canned searches to enable browsing and quick access to hot topics
    • Integrate OPAC into your library website template
    • Review terminology & eliminate library jargon
  • 7.  
  • 8.
    • One stop shopping!
      • Add records for
        • websites
        • podcasts
        • RSS feeds
        • blogs
        • videos
        • wikis etc.
    • Risk an occasional dead link
    • Get over the traditional librarian mindset that everything has to be perfect
  • 9.
    • Add more than bibliographic details:
      • Abstract or table of contents from publisher website
      • Link to full text
      • Link to Google Book Search through API ( demo / blog post )
        • Preview
        • Book covers
      • Link to LibraryThing through their API.
  • 10.
    • Comments, reviews and ratings
      • Best for defined special interest groups
      • Intranet implementation easiest
      • Public website issues:
        • Moderate postings to handle inappropriate comments
        • Spamming from automated bots
        • Malicious code
        • Email comments - an alternative for low volume sites ( <a href=&quot;mailto:info@andornot.com?subject= Title ”</a>
  • 11.  
  • 12.
    • Determine amount of information required
      • Comments only
      • Contact info
      • Registered users only
    • Notification message
    • Admin interface if moderated
  • 13.  
  • 14.
    • Comments section:
  • 15.  
  • 16.
    • D on’t wait for users to find your OPAC
    • Users will inevitably search on Google etc. first, therefore help them find your catalog:
      • Add your special collection info to Wikipedia
      • Create a Flickr group for images (Library of Congress blog: My Friend Flickr: A Match Made in Photo Heaven )
      • Create site maps with permalinks so that search engines can crawl your database records ( Google specs )
      • Join and post to relevant Facebook groups
  • 17.  
  • 18.
    • Add an RSS feed or feeds
      • Display latest additions (i.e. feed content) on your site ( http://iha.andornot.com/Search.aspx )
    • Link to your OPAC from blog postings
      • Encourage discovery of related resources
    • Add canned searches everywhere!
  • 19.
    • Provide alternative search options
    • Add an Anyword search box everywhere
    • Create gadgets or widgets that users can add to their own portals (i.e. iGoogle, SharePoint etc.) ( demo / blog post )
    • Create search providers or plug-ins for Firefox and IE7
      • Firefox specs
      • OpenSearch plug-ins
  • 20.
    • Contact your vendor
      • Suggest new features
    • Research your options
      • blogs, forums etc.
    • Believe in your abilities
      • Some suggestions require only basic HTML to implement
    • Launch fast, refine later!

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