Focus on the User 2.0 Advocating for Information Literacy and Next-GenerationOPAC Enhancements Jill Baron 17:610:519 March 10, 2011
Example 1: When the user knows what she wants to find Title search for Just Kids (2010)
Success! Record located: “Just kids” LC Subject Headings Location and Status Information
Example 2: The user is uncertain Princes Lane Looking South, The Rocks Glass plate negative Date: 1880-1923 approximately Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum, Australia
Keyword search based on natural language query
LCSH: American poetry—20th century—History and Criticism
OPAC 1.0 Search Dis
Where is our user going to go?
OPAC 1.0 Lee, Russell,, 1903-1986 Shepherd with his horse and dog on Gravelly Range, Madison County, Montana 1942 Aug. 1 transparency : color. Library of Congress
The web of connectivity
Library of Congress on Bibliographic Control (2008): Guiding Principles Collaborative, decentralized, international in scope, and Web-based In cooperation with the private sector, and with the active collaboration of library users
OPAC 2.0: for the library
OPAC 2.0: for the user
Item search Washington University in St. Louis Libraries
Aqua-Browser Catalog Record Link to Classic Catalog Tag Cloud Desired record
LC Subject Headings for Just Kids Smith, Patti. Mapplethorpe, Robert. Women rock musicians -- United States -- Biography. Photographers -- United States -- Biography. Women poets -- 20th century -- Biography. Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography. Chelsea Hotel -- Biography. Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography. Musicians -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography. New York (N.Y.) -- Biography.
LTFL Tags for Just Kids 1960s1970sAIDSAmerican literatureAndy WarholartartistsautobiographybiobiographyBob DylanBrooklynfriendshiphistorylovememoirmusicmusic historymusiciansNational Book AwardNew YorkNYCphotographypoetrypop culturepunkrelationshipsrockrock_and_rollWarhol
Possible obstacles Tag Relevancy Difficult to evaluate benefit or assess use of LTFL in the OPAC Do users notice tags? Do users find materials based on tags? LTFL provides usage statistics, but are these conclusive?
Why LTFL promotesinformation literacy Increased browsing and discovery Access to reviews, recommendations, summaries Invitation to participate (via LT) Searching becomes FUN Ability to make connections, consider items in a conceptual framework
Why LTFL promotesinformation literacy Empowers users Makes IRIS a key player in the information search
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