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Middlemash : Discovery Layer & Next Generation Catalogues

Middlemash : Discovery Layer & Next Generation Catalogues



Talk about (a) mashed Libraries (b) discovery layer catalogues

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  • Mashlib Lib & Discovery tools
  • Mashlib Lib & Discovery tools
    • Chris Keene
    • Technical Development Manager, University of Sussex Library
    • Which means I do everything Web and Electronic Library related.
    • Twitter: chriskeene
    • Web: http://www.nostuff.org
    • Email: C.J.Keene@sussex.ac.uk
  • Mash up North Middlemash Mash Original
  • Where next? up to you Don’t need to ask. Anywhere. Any topic
    • Unconference
    • Don’t care about your technical skills
    • But..
    • Let’s do it.
    • Change is good
    • Change should happen as soon as it’s ready (except possibly Week 1 of Autumn Term)
    • People who whinge are wrong
    • If you try something and it doesn’t work. Ignore those who say ‘told you so’. Learn and get cracking with your next idea!
  • I stole this from Paul Stainthorp via http: //librarystaff . blogs . lincoln .ac. uk/
    • 10 guiding principles for achieving Library2.0 nirvana
      • 1. Better late than never.
      • 2. Don’t reject a minor improvement because you’re waiting for a hypothetical perfect solution to arrive.
      • 3. If you love your data, set   them free .
      • 4. If it needs a help guide, you’ve probably got it wrong.
      • 5. If you assume your users are stupid, they won’t disappoint.
      • 6. RSS is non-negotiable.
      • 7. The ‘ net interprets control as damage, and routes around it .
      • 8. Do it, then ask people what they think. Not the other way round.
      • 9. Show me pictures, or it didn’t happen.
      • 10. The answer to “…is Library2.0 about technology or not?” is “ Mu ” .
  • and now on to … discovery layer / next generation catalogues
    • use the terms some what interchangeably
    • Discovery layer – an application or service which sits on top of a library’s catalogue, electronic holdings and other records to provide a unified and modern experience
    • Next Generation Catalogue / NGC – OPAC ‘done right’ i.e. looks and acts like the rest of web with features to meet user’s needs.
    • Kick ass search and relevance ranking
    • More human metadata: descriptions, reviews, table of contents
    • Tagging: so much potential for users to use this in ways we can’t even think of
    • User comments / reviews : (this is far more of a risk for Amazon than libraries)
    • Allow users to make lists of items, export them to other systems
    • Links to other services (Google Books, Library things)
    • Kick ass computer metadata : COinS, RDFa etc – to play nice with the web (zotero, Firefox linking tools)
    • That includes exporting in as many ways as possible RSS, ATOM, Endnote, more
    • Permanent links. Cool URIs
    • Did you mean? You may be interested in..
    • Facets (refine) limiting search. This is really important when...
    • … You’re using data/records from multiple sources.
    • i.e. Discovery Layer
    • One search to search them all is important, but people will still want to search subsets (a particular branch, e-only etc) - needs to be flexible.
    • What do we want? A search box that returns…
    • … everything that might be of academic relevance for the search term in question ?
    • … wh at’s physically in our library which match the words in the search term
  • Primo
  • Prism 3
  • Blacklight
  • Scriblio
  • Bibliocommons
  • VuFind
  • Aquabrowser http://catalogue.sussex.ac.uk/
  • Aquabrowser at Sussex Timeline
    • Decided to purchase Summer 2008
    • Set up Autumn 2008.
    • Live as a alternative ‘beta’ catalogue Jan 2009
    • Default catalogue Sept 2009
  • Aquabrowser at Sussex
    • Why: to improve user experience
    • Added ‘My Discoveries’ (tagging, reviews). Liked the concept but bad implementation.
    • Have added Metalib search to Aquabrowser, highlights journal results to those using the catalogue. (technically resource intensive!)
  • It makes you ask questions
        • What should be in your catalogue
      • What should be included when your users search your catalogue/discovery layer.
  • Original model
  • With discovery layer
  • What to put in your catalogue
    • Add less to LMS catalogue. <- heavy weight, un-agile (another word for un-agile is ‘MARC’)
    • Online journals? E-books? Free stuff (free journals)? Online databases? Special Collections? E-theses? Institutional Repository items?
  • Issues
    • “ Sure it’s funky but I just want to renew my books”
    • No standards for ‘My Account’, Reservations, Requests.
    • Crappy or unimplemented standards for holdings
    • These are big problems. Users have to use old interface (which is tied to old catalogue, which is confusing)
    • Not always easy to link to a ‘Place Reservations/Request’ screen for a specific item in the old catalogue
    • Users may need to log in twice (for ‘My Account’ and ngc personalisation).
    • Interlibrary Requests can be a problem as well.
    • Primo and VuFind are two that have made efforts to work around these problems
    • Simple web (RESTful) based standards to provide holdings info, and handle requests etc shouldn’t be difficult.
    • Library systems community need to push on this.
  • Potential holdings solutions
    • DLF ILS Discovery Interface Task Force http://www.diglib.org/architectures/ilsdi/
    • ISO 20775:2009 http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=39735
    • Z39.50 (for some LMS systems)
  • Two worlds collide Library LMS Catalogue E-Resources and Articles Need a solution to caters for both. The best at one may not be the best at the other.
  • Mashlib Lib & Discovery tools
    • Thanks to those on Twitter who acted as my (only) research tool.
    • Chris Keene
    • Twitter: chriskeene
    • Web: http://www.nostuff.org
    • Email: C.J.Keene@sussex.ac.uk