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Interesting Things Learned

  1. 1. Interesting Things Learned at ALA Midwinter <ul><li>Online Language Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Joan Lippincott Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Serials Solutions Summon </li></ul><ul><li>AquaBrowser & Summon Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Time to Revisit NextGen Catalogs? </li></ul>
  2. 2. 1. Online Language Learning <ul><li>Mango </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.mangolanguages.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12 language packages including 3 ESL’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More languages coming (including Arabic!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on Pimsleur </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works on Macs, PC’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doesn’t compete with campus language labs </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. 1. Online Language Learning, cont. <ul><li>Tell Me More </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.tellmemore.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer languages, one ESL option </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PC/IE only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More serious study options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recorded conversations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback on pronunciation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pronunciation guides </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reading, writing, grammar </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. 2. Talk by Joan Lippincott/CNI <ul><li>“ Reaching the Net Generation” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students believe library info = superior, the most credible, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Behavior is different, though (Google) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ithaka Report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Library increasingly disintermediated from the actual research process </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Importance of library as a gateway for info is declining </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reasons: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No compelling starting place </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty identifying appropriate resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of resource awareness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t find resource needed among hundreds offered </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Too many access points </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Federated searching has problems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just can’t compete with simple, easy, fast (Google) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Content is no longer king – convenience is” </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 3. Serials Solutions Summon <ul><li>“ Unified Discovery Service” </li></ul><ul><li>Not federated searching (content is “preloaded”) </li></ul><ul><li>In beta with Dartmouth and OK State </li></ul><ul><li>Single search box for all library content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalog, repository, digital library, grey literature, databases, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open API – can insert into next gen catalog interface, courseware, web site </li></ul><ul><li>Has an interface, but emphasis is on search engine </li></ul><ul><li>“ No dead ends” (problems) </li></ul>
  6. 6. 3. Serials Solutions Summon, cont <ul><li>Content: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50,000 journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>300+ million items (and more weekly) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gale and ProQuest are major providers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spring, Taylor & Francis, Sage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ERIC, Medline, EconLit, more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even if not partnering with, have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>85% of EBSCO Academic Search Premier </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>87% OVID </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>64% JSTOR </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CrossRef (for OpenURL resolver/DOI linking) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highwire Press (crawling & harvesting) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And… </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 4. AquaBrowser & Summon <ul><li>Serials Solutions partnering very closely with AquaBrowser </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AquaBrowser provides the interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summon provides the integrated search mechanism </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Future acquisition of AquaBrowser by SS? </li></ul>
  8. 8. 5. Time to Revisit NextGen Catalogs? <ul><li>MOBIUS task force recommended Encore, but – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Task force was divided between Encore and AquaBrowser </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>III’s Encore booth looked small, badly placed, lonely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encore not moving towards “Google solution” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SS Summons & AquaBrowser = powerful combo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other products to consider, of course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Endeca, Scriblio (open source), Open Library (open source), Primo (Ex Libris), Grokker, eXtensible, WorldCat Local, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic crunch time may be best time to shop… </li></ul></ul>

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