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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.

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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  • 1. Flying SOLO: Oxford’s implementation of PRIMO (a Reader Services perspective) Angela Carritt User Education Coordinator Bodleian Libraries
  • 2.  
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  • 4. Why SOLO?
    • One stop shop
    • Google style search box
    • Greater functionality
      • Refining searches using clusters / facets
      • Did you mean...?
      • Save, Email and Export
      • Tagging and reviewing
      • Email alerts / RSS feeds
    • More Modern interface
  • 5. SOLO Tour
  • 6. A shorter OLIS tour
  • 7. SOLO v OLIS
    • SOLO
    • Single search box offering mixed field searching – one box searches all
    • Limited field searching
    • Relevance sort by default
    • Refining using clusters / facets
    • Attempts to clusters FRBR’ized versions of the same work
    • Personlised features: export, e-shelf, tagging, review
    • OLIS
    • Browse indexes - gold standard?
    • Wide range of options for field searching plus option to combine fields using boolean operators
    • Ability to limit searches by date
  • 8. What do the readers think…
    • Rebecca S Alexander - Catalogue search interfaces at the University of Oxford: a study of users' attitudes and behaviours (March 2010)
      • Online survey from SOLO home page - 488 participants
      • Analyses search data for one week period for OLIS and SOLO
    • Usability study (March 2011)
      • Observation of 10 users working through a set of tasks
  • 9. What do readers like about SOLO?
  • 10. 1. Its easy to use One search box for everything SOLO is forgiving and tolerates inaccurate / incomplete information ...easy subject searching particularly valued
  • 11. … and subject searching is particularly easy Rebecca’s study found that subject searching was easier on SOLO than OLIS
  • 12. SOLO is fast
  • 13. Refining by facets…
    • In usability testing…
    • ability to refine results using clusters identified as a key feature of favourite web sites…
    • 7 out of 10 participants used facets during the test
  • 14. What readers dislike (or what do they find difficult)
  • 15. 1. Availability and patron functions not available in SOLO
  • 16. FRBR / Versions In usability testing 7 out of 10 readers did not know about the “versions” button until it was demonstrated
  • 17. Inability to browse authority indexes…???
    • Rebecca’s study…
    • found that about 50% of OLIS searches were browse searches …but browse is the default search.
    • 9 of 488 respondents listed browse search as one of the things they like best about OLIS
    • No one commented on browse searching during the usability testing
  • 18. What are readers missing…
  • 19. Export options….
  • 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.
  • 21. Tagging and reviewing…?
  • 22. What are we going to do about it?
  • 23. 14 recommendations…
    • Force readers to open FRBR’ized sets
    • Separate “details” and “TOCS/Summaries”
    • Icons for print, email, export…
    • Embolden…sort by…new search…refined by…
  • 24. The future for Oxford
    • Aleph implementation will bring availability & patron functions into SOLO
    • Consider the role of PrimoCentral
    • More collections move into SOLO
    • Improvements to tagging and reviewing...with help from LibraryThing?
  • 25. Credits
    • Catalogue search interfaces at the University of Oxford: a study of users' attitudes and behaviours by Rebecca S. Alexander. 
    • Pictures
    • Canterbury Quad, St John’s College by ManiacMartin ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniacmartin/ )
    • Oxford Earth Sciences Building by Biker Jun ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/biker_jun/ )
    • Radcliffe Camera, Oxford by Xavier de Jaureguiberry ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/25831000@N08/ )
    • Clipart from Microsoft
  • 26. [email_address] Any Questions?