NextGen Catalogs: An Overview of Current Products and Use


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NextGen Catalogs: An Overview of Current Products and Use

  1. 1. NextGen Catalogs: An Overview of Current Products and Use<br />Nina McHaleSeptember 27 2010<br />University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education <br />
  2. 2. Our Agenda<br />What is a “NextGen” Catalog? Definition and Features <br />The Big Three: A Look at Current Products and Vendors <br />Product Selection: Things to Consider when Choosing a Next Gen Catalog <br />Librarian Perceptions of NextGen Catalogs <br />Integration into the Library’s Web Site and Existing Electronic Resources <br />WorldCat@Auraria: Demo of WorldCat Local at the Auraria Library<br />
  3. 3. NextGen Catalogs…<br />..are “discovery layer” services that draw content from silos (i.e., catalogs, databases, repositories) and display it for end users<br />…attempt to bridge the hyperstructured world of library standards and data and end user expectations<br />…are able to support a “single-search” box, but do not/cannot search everything<br />
  4. 4. Features<br />Faceted display: formats, authors, years, topics, locations, languages, collections<br />Tag/word clouds<br />Concept maps (AquaBrowser and Encore)<br />Book jacket images<br />“Social” (i.e., user-added) features: tagging resources, creating lists, user reviews<br />Interconnectivity with other resources<br />
  5. 5. Questions<br />Are NextGen catalogsreplacements for traditional/classic catalogs?<br />What’s the difference between federated searching and NextGen catalogs? <br />What’s the difference between NextGen catalogs and Web Scale Discovery?<br />How is a NextGen catalog like a cupcake?<br />I’m a programmer, can’t I make my own?<br />
  6. 6. The Big Three<br />AquaBrowser<br />Created by Medialab, licensed by Serials Solutions<br /><br />WorldCat Local<br />OCLC<br /><br />Encore<br />Innovative Interfaces, Inc.<br /><br />
  7. 7. AquaBrowser: Discover Denver Public Library<br />
  8. 8. WorldCat@Auraria<br />
  9. 9. Encore: Jefferson County Public Library<br />
  10. 10. Product Selection Process<br />Identify a group to guide the selection process<br />Conduct an scan of existing products, then narrow the field to 3-5 major contenders<br />Read reviews of products (Charleston Advisor, librarian blogs, customer testimonials, etc.)<br />Research current clients for the products (press releases,<br />Invite vendors to pitch their products<br />Share demos with library staff and customers<br />
  11. 11. Product Selection Tips<br />“Features Matrix” or “Go With Your Gut”?<br />Evaluate products for web accessibility (Section 508/WCAG)<br />Evaluate the performance, specifically search speed, of products<br />Always evaluate products in the context of what works best in your environment<br />Make your process as inclusive as possible<br />
  12. 12. Librarian Perspectives<br />Reference and instruction librarians and other advanced searchers (i.e., faculty) typically do not like NextGen catalogs<br />Perception is that it is a “dumbing down” of research process, which conflicts with pedagogical nature of their roles<br />Metasearch products do NOT search “everything,” so it’s too much “satisficing”<br />Indexing of native interfaces is still better than indexing by metasearch tools<br />
  13. 13. Integrating a NextGen Product<br />During setup, vendor takes care of much of the initial configuration of a hosted instance<br />Most, however, do not directly provide advice or support for fully integrating it into the Library’s web page and existing electronic resources<br />As with any changes to a library site, design decisions should be informed by evidence <br />
  14. 14. WorldCatLocal@Auraria<br />
  15. 15. “Start My Research”<br />
  16. 16. Demo: “All” Search Results Screen<br />
  17. 17. Top of Book Record<br />
  18. 18. Bottom of Book Record<br />
  19. 19. Top of Article Record<br />
  20. 20. Middle of Article Record<br />
  21. 21. Bottom of Article Record<br />
  22. 22. Questions? Comments?<br />Nina McHale<br /><br />Facebook & Twitter: ninermac<br />