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Collection Development/Resource Sharing Conference

Collection Development/Resource Sharing Conference
March 26, 2009
Jean Phillips
Florida Center for Library Automation

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    • Connecting users to Collections Collection Development/Resource Sharing Conference March 26, 2009 Jean Phillips Florida Center for Library Automation jeanp@ufl.edu
    • Connecting users to Collections • There is no one place/one tool/one starting point/one type of user • The tool that best represents what we have available to our users is the catalog • How are we improving the catalog? • Are they using it?
    • Are they using the catalog? • Mango averages over 1 million searches a month • Statistics from FY2007/2008
    • How are we improving the catalog? • Stealth OPACs • Better User Interfaces • Wider Discovery • More Interactive • Clearer Delivery Options
    • “Stealth Opacs” • Coined by David Pattern in his blog “Self-plagiarism is style” • Most important feature of nextgen catalog in 2007 survey
    • Can you find the catalog?
    • How about now?
    • Now?
    • Here?
    • Here? http://fgcu.libguides.com/accounting_and_tax
    • Recognize the device?…
    • In the palm of your hand
    • Mango on the IPhone
    • This one is a little harder…
    • Example using one of the tools • Get an email about interesting lecture on the TED website, topic is organization structures
    • Better User Interfaces • More like other Web interfaces • Less instruction required for basic use • More access points, ways to search • Progressive improvement of look and feel
    • First generation online interface
    • First generation web interface
    • Vendor designed web interface
    • NextGen Catalog at NCSU
    • Mango is born • Mango is FCLA created web application that uses the Endeca search engine and repository • Began work in October 2007 • Went live in August 2008 • Still maintaining Aleph OPACs • 9.1 million bibliographic records • Aleph records from 11 SULs merged into one record
    • University of West Florida Catalog
    • Union Catalog in Mango
    • Better User Interfaces • David Pattern’s Top 5 Priorities – Stealth OPAC – Relevance ranking – Faceted searching • Special collections facets • New Title facet – RSS – Did you mean • Other features important to SULs – Export/save options – Guided Navigation – Text to mobiles – Permalinks
    • Aleph keyword search
    • Mango keyword search
    • Mango interactive • Live connection to LMS info. in Aleph – Availability – Patron accounts/Renewals – Requests • Book covers and more from Google books • Citation formats from WorldCat: “Cite this” • Export of citations to Refworks • Text of title and call no. to cell phones • Linking out to library location maps: “floor map”
    • Mango State University Libraries of Florida
    • Mango State University Libraries of Florida
    • Wider discovery: what’s in your catalog? • Aleph catalog records: 16 million bibliographic records merged into 8 million • Center for Research Libraries • Digital collections: DLU01/Digitool
    • Wider discovery: what could be added? • UF Digital Collections • Wolfsonian Museum • IFAS EDIS publications • E-Gov Docs • Open Access Digitized books (Mbooks or all Hathi Trust) • Non-MARC resources
    • Delivery: How do our users quot;get it”? • Open URLs, link resolvers (sfx and Serials solutions)
    • Delivery: electronic • URLs in the metadata, for example: – Digital objects • Images • Full text • Video/audio – Federal Government documents – Ejournals – Ebooks
    • http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/clay_shir ky_on_institutions_versus_collaboration.htm
    • Delivery: digital
    • Delivery: map • Go to the shelves (location mapping)
    • Delivery: map
    • Delivery: requests
    • Delivery: ILL InterLibrary loan requests
    • Delivery: Future • Uborrow – Unmediated borrowing – 1st Phase returnables within SULs – Aleph ILL or ILLiad – later phases • expand to CCLA colleges and beyond • articles
    • Continuous improvement • SUL OPAC subcommittee development list • Articles – in process • Ideas to be prioritized – Social tagging – Recommender – Reviews – Integrated course reserves – Subject oriented interfaces – More data sources – Cross references from Authority records
    • Future of interfaces? • Sixth sense project at MIT – “Wearable gestural interface” – http://www.pranavmistry.com/project s/sixthsense/#PICTURES – Ultimate mobile device
    • Future of interfaces?