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SOPAC: The Social OPAC

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  • 1. The Social OPAC John Blyberg, Darien Library, CT jblyberg@darienlibrary.org blyberg.net
  • 2. Why a Social OPAC? • Serendipity • Stewardship • Community footprint • Adds value to existing record data • Attracts users • Improves the library experience (fun??)
  • 3. The Network Effect (Dion Hinchcliffe, web2.wsj2.com)
  • 4. The Three Social Catalogs • Pseudo/Semi-Social • Authority presented as collaborative (ie Encore) • Syndicated Social • User-indirect, Third-party data (ie LibraryThing) • Individually Social • User-direct (ie Hennepin, SOPAC, XC)
  • 5. What is a Social OPAC? • Web 2.0-like social software layer over the existing catalog • Tags • Ratings • Reviews • Comments