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  • 1. What can We do with the WebPAC? Is it Relevant in a Web 2.0 World John Wenzler: jwenzler@sfsu.edu San Francisco State University
  • 2. The Anxiety of Freedom
  • 3. The “OPAC Sucks” Meme
    • Roy Tennant says that trying to fix the OPAC is like putting “Lipstick on a pig” in Library Journal, 2005.
    • Karen Schneider does a 3 part series on “How OPACs Suck” on her ALA blog
    • An “OPAC Sucks” video shows up on YouTube: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =tJD-safYEb0
  • 4. David Walker’s “OPAC Sucks” Demo
  • 5. Specific Complaints -- Part I
    • It is not as good as the old card Catalog
    • Lack of context when browsing: hard to see where you are in the index
    • Less access to experts (i.e. Librarians)
    • Deceptively non-intimidating user interface
  • 6. Specific Complaints -- Part II
    • It is not as good as Amazoogle
    • Relevance Ranking ineffective
    • Too many complex search options
    • Poorly integrated with the library’s digital resources and with the Internet in general
    • No suggestions or recommendations
    • Lacks user-generated content such a reviews and ratings
  • 7. What can we do about it?
    • Outsource Redesign (WebPAC refresher)
    • Hide the WebPAC (behind a “discovery layer”)
    • Enhance the WebPAC
  • 8. WorldCat Local: WebPAC in the Back Office
  • 9. Scriblio: An Open-source “wrapper” for WebPAC
  • 10. Solrpac: Potential Open-Source Option
  • 11. AquaBrowser: Hip Skin for WebPac
  • 12. Encore: WebPAC as Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 13. WebPAC for Data -- not for display
  • 14. Enhancements Overview
    • Innovative Interfaces Enhancements
    • Third-party Enhancements
    • Home Made Enhancements
  • 15. III Enhancements: InnReach
  • 16. III Enhancements: WebBridge/Pathfinder Pro
  • 17. WebBridge/Pathfinder Pro Window
  • 18. Literary Databases for Literary Call Numbers
  • 19. Engineering Databases for Engineering Call Numbers
  • 20. III Enhancements: ERM as a Database Pathfinder in the WebPAC
  • 21. ERM: Browsing Electronic Resources
  • 22. ERM: adding the Ejournal A-Z list to WebPAC
  • 23. III Enhancements: Metadata Builder and Media Management
  • 24. Media Management: WebPAC as a digital archive
  • 25. III Enhancements: Spellcheck – searching for “Omnivore’s dillema”
  • 26. III Enhancements: Patron Reviews Harry got Married?
  • 27. Reading History/Preferred Searches
  • 28. RSS Catalog Feeds
  • 29. RSS Patron Feeds
    • Updates for patron events
    • Overdue books
    • Pickups available
  • 30. Third Party Enhancements: LibraryThing
  • 31. LibraryThing: Another View
  • 32. Library Thing Tag Browser: Adding Collective Wisdom to WebPAC
  • 33. Third Party Enhancements: Syndetics
  • 34. LibX: Adding WebPAC to the Browser
  • 35. LibX: Taking WebPAC to the Jungle
  • 36. Third Party Enhancements: Google Books
  • 37.  
  • 38. Third Party Enhancements: Amazon
  • 39. Third Party Enhancements: Other Possibilities
    • Amazon: Reviews, Tags, Descriptions (API Now available)
    • Google Books: Tags, Jackets, (API now Available)
    • LibraryThing (API now Available)
    • OCLC (API available soon)
    • Metasearch Engines: Research Pro, Metalib, WebFeat …
  • 40. Home Made Enhancements: JavaScript – Context Sensitive help
  • 41. JavaScript: Context Sensitive Help
  • 42.  
  • 43. Home Made Enhancements: Text Messages
  • 44.  
  • 45. Adding Reference to WebPAC
  • 46. More JavaScript Enhancements
  • 47. Facets with JavaScript
  • 48. Home Made Enhancements: Wish Lists and Suggested Reading
  • 49. Home Made RSS Feeds and Cover Browser
  • 50. Online New Book Display
  • 51. XML Tricks: AADL
  • 52. John Wenzler ( [email_address] ) Slides: http://online.sfsu.edu/~jwenzler/research/webPAC2.ppt Handout: http://online.sfsu.edu/~jwenzler/research/webPAC2.pdf