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IDS Search Presentation to CUNY Libraries



IDS Presentation given to CUNY Libraries by Kevin Reiss in April, 2011.

IDS Presentation given to CUNY Libraries by Kevin Reiss in April, 2011.



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  • Move to “Why an IDS Search?”
  • In functional area
  • Move to functional area
  • FunctionalTell the story about the development process
  • How developedTesting is an integral part of continuous development process.
  • Image on left tracks eye movements, and image on right shows how users move through the interface.
  • Image on left is the station used for testing, and the image on the right is the monitoring station where researchers see gather what test subjects are doing.
  • The important thing to note on this page is that users weren’t finding the Google Preview in as high percentages as we had hoped, so we’re incorporating this into our future development.
  • Dashboard, customization
  • Stress that you can turn off features such as Autosearch, and can change what the buttons say.
  • CustomizationFor each interface, use red arrows for each changed, and then blow out the graphic for each slide.
  • Dashboard, Customization3 slides
  • Use this statement:All user input is recorded and presented in an easy to understand format.
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IDS Search Presentation to CUNY Libraries IDS Search Presentation to CUNY Libraries Presentation Transcript

  • Who’s Currently Using IDS Search?
  • IDS Statistics
    34 Million volumes with roughly 60 active libraries (Will be closer to 40 Million by the end of the Year)
  • 2010 IDS Statistics
    For 9/1/2010 – 12/31/2010
    Borrowing Volume– 89,000+ total ILL requests
    53,000 of these requests filled within member libraries (60%)
    Article Borrowing requests; 55% delivered to user within 24 Hours; 78% delivered within 48 hours
  • Why IDS Search?
    The IDS Search Team set out to develop a discovery tool with the following three goals:
    Use data from Worldcat to seach both local and IDS-wide collections simultaneously
    Enhance resource sharing within the IDS Project
    Provide a simple and powerful user experience.
  • IDS Search increases resource sharing
    Impact at SUNY Oswego and SUNY Buffalo State:
    68% increase at Oswego in a 1 year period (3,593 to 6,071)
    95% increase at Buff State in a 6 mo. period (526 to 1024)
  • IDS Search Under the Hood
    Open URL
    IDS Search Interface
    ILL system
    Spell Check
    IDS Search Application
    Google Books
    Item Availability
    In JSON or XML
    Worldcat Result
    Set in Marcxml
    Worldcat Search API
    IDS Search
    Availability Service
    OCLC Bibliographic Data
    OCLC Holdings Data
    ILS Database
  • The complex family of technologies behind IDS Search provide a tool that is simple and easy to use.
  • IDS Search Core Functions
    Searches Worldcat Bibliographic and Holdings data
    Real time circulation status check in local library ILS system (Aleph, Voyager, Innovative)
    Link search results directly to ILL Request System via OpenURL
  • IDS Search User Friendly Features
    Search Scoping (My Library, IDS, Worldwide)
    Citation Tools
    Spell check
    RSS feeds
    Search limits (format, language, etc.)
    Google Books Previews
    Custom Contextual links to other seach tools
  • The IDS Search interface is simple and elegant with progressive disclosure of features at the point of need.
  • IDS Search promotes both local collections and resource sharing.
  • The “Find in” features takes searches from IDS Search into local collections, vendor databases, and web resources.
  • If searches do not return results, IDS Search automatically expands the search using the Autosearch Feature.
  • The spell check feature lets users know they have misspelled a word and provides an easy way to search again with the correct word.
  • “Cite This” provides citations for major citation styles.
  • Google Books Previews are linked and embedded throughout results.
  • IDS Search has undergone extensive usability testing in its development process.
    IDS Search was beta tested in 2009 by several libraries, with extensive feedback sessions from librarians and staff.
    IDS Search was tested in 2009 and 2010 by a usability team at University of Rochester.
    In 2010, researchers at SUNY Geneseo conducted usability testing using eye tracking software and eye movement miscue analysis (EMMA).
    Further eye tracking studies are planned for April 2011.
  • IDS Search usability studies are using advanced equipment and techniques.
    Photographs by William Jones III
  • IDS Search’s default interface has been heavily tested and refined using multiple methods.
    Photographs by William Jones III
  • Eye Tracking studies focus on important features of IDS Search such as Google Preview.
  • Usability tests and user input have led to continuous interface improvements.
  • The IDS Search dashboard provides:
    • Easy to use customization options
    • Simple to use statistics package on usage and features.
  • Customize the appearance of the search and brand it with your logo in a matter of minutes.
  • The Dashboard will create custom search boxes that you can copy and paste into library webpages to promote your catalog.
  • Easily customize what features of IDS Search you use and how they work.
  • Customization Examples: Oswego
  • Customization Examples: Brockport
  • Customization Examples: TC3
  • Easy to run reports provide graphs and tables on how much IDS Search is used.
  • All user input into IDS Search is recorded and presented in an easy to understand format that can be shared with all staff.
  • Reports such as the hourly usage report which identifies high and low use times offer built in analysis tools.
  • The IDS search development team regularly incorporates feedback into the development process.
    Examples include:
    Custom library groups
    Custom Links to other search tools (local catalog, databases, etc.)
    Custom search limiters
    What features do you need?
  • Minimal staff set up time or ongoing maintenance is needed for IDS Search.
    • Set up IDS Search within a few hours.
    • IDS Search is fully hosted with updates and maintenance by IDS Search team.
  • IDS Search Developer sessions at conferences and meetings give opportunities to set up your search.
    Upcoming Conferences:
    SUNYLA (June 15-17 2011 at SUNY Plattsburgh)
    IDS Conference (August 1-3 2011 at Albany College of Law)
    Any ideas for CUNY conferences?
  • IDS Search is reliably hosted at no cost to member libraries.
    • IDS Search is hosted on a robust commercial server.
    • IDS Search has received 2 million hits so far, with almost no down time.
  • How Do I Get Started?
    Get Worldcat API Key
    Contact IDS Search Team
    Customize Look and Feel
    Insert IDS Search on your library home page
  • Learn More about IDS Search
    IDS Search Blog
    IDS Search Site
    IDS Search Listserv
  • The IDS Search team is made up of developers, public services librarians, and administrators from across SUNY, CUNY, and IDS.
    Mike Curtis (Manager) – SUNY Upstate Medical
    Nathan Fixler – SUNY Office of Library and Information Services
    Mike Mulligan – SUNY Upstate Medical
    Cyril Oberlander – SUNY Geneseo
    Shannon Pritting – SUNY Oswego
    Kevin Reiss – CUNY Office of Library Services
    Ed Rivenburgh – IDS Project Director
    Adam Traub – Rochester Institute of Technology