Flying solo huddersfield


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Presentation by Angela Carritt on the Bodleian Libraries' use of Primo, delivered at UCR Yorkshire & Humberside's Discovering Discovery Tool event, 16th May 2011.

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Flying solo huddersfield

  1. 1. Flying SOLO: Oxford’s implementation of PRIMO (a Reader Services perspective) Angela Carritt User Education Coordinator Bodleian Libraries
  2. 4. Why SOLO? <ul><li>One stop shop </li></ul><ul><li>Google style search box </li></ul><ul><li>Greater functionality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Refining searches using clusters / facets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Did you mean...? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save, Email and Export </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tagging and reviewing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email alerts / RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More Modern interface </li></ul>
  3. 5. SOLO Tour
  4. 6. A shorter OLIS tour
  5. 7. SOLO v OLIS <ul><li>SOLO </li></ul><ul><li>Single search box offering mixed field searching – one box searches all </li></ul><ul><li>Limited field searching </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance sort by default </li></ul><ul><li>Refining using clusters / facets </li></ul><ul><li>Attempts to clusters FRBR’ized versions of the same work </li></ul><ul><li>Personlised features: export, e-shelf, tagging, review </li></ul><ul><li>OLIS </li></ul><ul><li>Browse indexes - gold standard? </li></ul><ul><li>Wide range of options for field searching plus option to combine fields using boolean operators </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to limit searches by date </li></ul>
  6. 8. What do the readers think… <ul><li>Rebecca S Alexander - Catalogue search interfaces at the University of Oxford: a study of users' attitudes and behaviours (March 2010) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online survey from SOLO home page - 488 participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyses search data for one week period for OLIS and SOLO </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Usability study (March 2011) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Observation of 10 users working through a set of tasks </li></ul></ul>
  7. 9. What do readers like about SOLO?
  8. 10. 1. Its easy to use One search box for everything SOLO is forgiving and tolerates inaccurate / incomplete information ...easy subject searching particularly valued
  9. 11. … and subject searching is particularly easy Rebecca’s study found that subject searching was easier on SOLO than OLIS
  10. 12. SOLO is fast
  11. 13. Refining by facets… <ul><li>In usability testing… </li></ul><ul><li>ability to refine results using clusters identified as a key feature of favourite web sites… </li></ul><ul><li>7 out of 10 participants used facets during the test </li></ul>
  12. 14. What readers dislike (or what do they find difficult)
  13. 15. 1. Availability and patron functions not available in SOLO
  14. 16. FRBR / Versions In usability testing 7 out of 10 readers did not know about the “versions” button until it was demonstrated
  15. 17. Inability to browse authority indexes…??? <ul><li>Rebecca’s study… </li></ul><ul><li>found that about 50% of OLIS searches were browse searches …but browse is the default search. </li></ul><ul><li>9 of 488 respondents listed browse search as one of the things they like best about OLIS </li></ul><ul><li>No one commented on browse searching during the usability testing </li></ul>
  16. 18. What are readers missing…
  17. 19. Export options….
  18. 20. TOCS and Summaries Usability Study – Participants were enthusiastic about TOCS and summaries and used these when starting a new topic and with reading lists. However 5 out of 10 participants did not expect to find TOCS and summaries in the “details” tab.
  19. 21. Tagging and reviewing…?
  20. 22. What are we going to do about it?
  21. 23. 14 recommendations… <ul><li>Force readers to open FRBR’ized sets </li></ul><ul><li>Separate “details” and “TOCS/Summaries” </li></ul><ul><li>Icons for print, email, export… </li></ul><ul><li>Embolden…sort by…new search…refined by… </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>
  22. 24. The future for Oxford <ul><li>Aleph implementation will bring availability & patron functions into SOLO </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the role of PrimoCentral </li></ul><ul><li>More collections move into SOLO </li></ul><ul><li>Improvements to tagging and reviewing...with help from LibraryThing? </li></ul>
  23. 25. Credits <ul><li>Catalogue search interfaces at the University of Oxford: a study of users' attitudes and behaviours by Rebecca S. Alexander.  </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Canterbury Quad, St John’s College by ManiacMartin ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Oxford Earth Sciences Building by Biker Jun ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Radcliffe Camera, Oxford by Xavier de Jaureguiberry ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Clipart from Microsoft </li></ul>
  24. 26. [email_address] Any Questions?