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ALA 2010 -- Jane Burke

  1. 1. Focus on the Item: Understanding the end-user perspective … or The OPAC is Dead !! NISO/BISG Forum on the Changing Standards Landscape Jane Burke Senior Vice President, ProQuest
  2. 2. Research Library Model
  3. 3. Old Model of Library Use is Gone  Old model resulted from $$$ of the ’60’s 60 s  Built BIG print collections  Users had to come to the collections
  4. 4. Nature of collections has changed  50+% spent o e esou ces is not u usua 50 % spe t on e-resources s ot unusual  Underutilized  Collections are much more volatile  e-journals  Open Access journals  e-book collections  e-music  Institutional repository  Online reference resources  Datasets
  5. 5. It’s all about the Users The Web has changed how we deliver and b as a g d o d a d consume information  The shift from physical to digital delivery of information has created new requirements and opportunities for delivering effective library experiences Th Web has profoundly transformed the The W b h f dl f d h nature of library collections  The majority of new acquisitions are Web-based  Collections have increased dramatically and content is available anytime, anywhere  Web W b search engines compete with libraries h i t ith lib i
  6. 6. Publication structures are disintegrating • Articles, not journals • Chapters, not books • Graphs, not dissertations
  7. 7. OPAC is really dead!  Collections are primarily digital  Hundreds of “databases”  Articles not represented  50% + is spent on e-resources  “Special” collections are also digital Special
  8. 8. The Net-Generation or “Millennials” “ ll l ”  Want to be self-sufficient  They do NOT ask questions  They want to be anonymous  They expect all search systems to behave like Google, Bing, and other Ope Open Web search e g es eb sea c engines  Today’s student = Tomorrow’s faculty y 8
  9. 9. Project Information Literacy a large-scale study about early adults and their research habits g y y  Students are very busy ! y y  Article – or chapter -- is the information object of choice  Research is conducted “just in time”  Students will try the Library 1st. y y  Students start a research project by inputting a few search terms in the search engine of a g database that had brought them “luck” on a previous assignment. http://projectinfolit.org/
  10. 10. Old Model - What the Patron Sees Where should I h ld begin? Charleston 11-07
  11. 11. Perceived Value of the Library’s Role  The importance of the role of the library as a gateway for locating information has fallen over time  The library is increasingly disintermediated from the actual research process Source: Housewright, R., & Schonfeld, R. (Aug2008).
  12. 12. How Do You Know That? An Investigation of Student est gat o o Stude t Research Practices in the Digital Age Randall McLure and Kellian Clink Portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2009) “It is also clear from teacher and student responses in the study that the library is seen as an intimidating and inconvenient place, especially and interestingly in its primary purpose – supporting student research and often assisting students in the identification, location and evaluation of sources ” identification location, sources. “We also concede it is understandable that students are drawn to using search engines on the Internet to conduct academic research These research. engines are easy to use, available to anyone with an Internet connection, and quick and bountiful in their returns.”
  13. 13. Not just the Library Market  Free vs fee content  Newspapers as the stalking horse  Metadata as a commodity  Traditional publishers face disintermediation disintermediation is the removal of intermediaries in a supply chain: "cutting out the middleman". MNLC
  14. 14. New offerings to Libraries  Reacting to the overall trends in information  Disrupting the traditional library access tools  OPAC s OPAC’s – print inventory  Federated search – database oriented  “Discovery”: Discovery : Single interface for finding all the information. Users are no longer forced to search in multiple systems for different media types— books, e-books, print and electronic articles, digital media, and other types of resources.
  15. 15. Discovery Layer  Improved search of catalog and local resources  Keyword  Facets  Visualization  Locally installed  Highly customizable  Social information tools – tagging etc. tagging, etc  2 types of players  Commercial – vendor supplied  Open Source – library efforts
  16. 16. Commercial
  17. 17. Open Source  Summa -- State and University Library, Denmark  Villa Nova University  University of Rochester + partners  Blacklight – University of Virginia Library
  18. 18. “Web Scale Discovery Web Discovery”  Access Trend to deal with “object” level object discovery  Google-like architectures allow very large Google like indexes at the object level  Further disintegration of the old package g p g model
  19. 19. The World is Flat Each object is on an equal level Search
  20. 20. Web Scale Discovery Attributes:  Hosted  Pre-harvested Pre harvested  Pre-coordinated  Contributions directly from publishers  Coverage  Collection and ingest capabilities  Local catalog updates  Scale !!
  21. 21. Web Scale Discovery Discovery Service Central
  22. 22. How big is big? Number of Records Average Catalog PubMed Library of Congress Summon Summon 22
  23. 23. Web Scale Discovery redefines the Library’s collection Library s  Dartmouth 231,332,304  Arizona State 160,007,795 160 007 795  North Carolina State 166,367,072  Grand Valley State 158,835,800 158 835 800  Rollins College 172,249,116
  24. 24. The World is Flat Each object is on an equal level Search ASIDC 3-08
  25. 25. Packaging for sale vs. consumption  End user consumption is NOT by package  All formats are alike  Best book vs. best article vs  Item identifiers are critical  But … end users won’t care about them won t  MARC records don’t/won’t work  Massive supply chain disruption: Gotta love it to survive
  26. 26. Hurry Up !!  This is a time of “revolution” – not evolution revolution  Move quickly in order to avoid disintermediation  Challenge the Standards Process

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