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    • Denise Bonin and Kathy Bryce Andornot Consulting Inc.
      • Interactivity
      • Information sharing
      • Collaboration
      • User generated content
      • Social networking
      • Personalization
      • How does your OPAC measure up to these?
      • 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?
    • Note - default content not appropriate for site / no branding / no integration / complex search / video search separate
    • http://www.diamondshreddies.com/index.php http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZeAwpPqnJU
      • 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
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      • 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
      • 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.
      • 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>
    •  
      • Determine amount of information required
        • Comments only
        • Contact info
        • Registered users only
      • Notification message
      • Admin interface if moderated
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      • Comments section:
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      • 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
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      • 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!
      • 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
      • 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!