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Findability OPAC's Bright And Changing Future

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A presentation snipet about how and why to change the Public Discovery Interface of a Library Catalog

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Findability OPAC's Bright And Changing Future

  1. 1. OPAC & The Bright Future The Road Show by John Little ILS Support Section Head Duke University Libraries   John.Little@Duke.edu November, 2007
  2. 2.       Only Librarians like to Search, Everyone else likes to FIND --Roy Tennant Our online catalog is not very good at allowing users to find what they seek. There are better options --Michael Norman (Content Mgt, UIUC)
  3. 3. A large and growing number of students and scholars routinely bypass library catalogs in favor of other discovery tools The catalog is in decline... --Karen Calhoun in a report the the LOC March, 2006
  4. 4. Libraries are not visible to many users on the Web Search Engines Library Web Sites (Catalog + other library web) 2% 89% From Chip Nilges presentation 2007 about OCLC: Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources (2005)
  5. 5. A Sea Change in Thinking, Knowing, ... Learning, and Teaching -- ECAR Research Study 2007 Information Technologies provide a much wider range of capabilities for communication How does use of devices provide insights on cognition and learning? How does this sea change inform our designs? The Academy should rethink how we view the creation, sharing, and mastery of knowledge Technology has changed education and made the old OPAC unusable in the changing educational environment                                         -- Luba Zakharov
  6. 6. Marshall Breeding's Trends     Separation of front-end from back-end OPAC not necessarily best library interface  Many efforts already underway to offer alternatives Too many of the resources that belong in the interface are out of the ILS scope Technology cycles faster for front-end than for back- end processes Enterprise Interoperability Interoperate with non-library applications Course Management Software Accounting   External Services
  7. 7. Shared Catalogs and Mass Digitization To the Surrogates and Beyond! WorldCat Google Book Search Google Scholar Microsoft Live Amazon.com Internet Archive and the Open Content Alliance MetaSearch (quot;Wrong solution, right problem!quot; -- Calhoun Report)
  8. 8. Karen Schneider's To Do List Do this First Spell Check (10% of errors) Ranking / Relevance Faceting Availability (on the main page) quot;Fluffy Bunniesquot;  -- Do this too Book Jackets Word Clouds Tagging Rate/Review RSS
  9. 9. Chip Nilges' To Do List 1. Undock the search box from the portal 2. Then get a better catalog Discovery all in one place digitized collections special collections physical collections e-books e-journals and possibly content on the open web (Open Content Alliance), Google Books Search etc.
  10. 10. Three Basic Services 1. Discover - resources, services, expertise 2. Deliver 3. Share & Collaborate
  11. 11. Features of a Discovery Environment Discovery Search system that produces better results for simple keyword searches (relevance) Faceted Browsing Spelling correction - quot;Did you mean?quot; Visual Display - book jackets, etc Quick Search Response, fast Searching Integrated unified user interface that searches across digital and non-digital resources simultaneously (e-books, books, journals, electronic full text, other digital formats (audio, video).  Scope includes surrogates and full-text objects with meaningful results.
  12. 12. Features of a Discovery Environment Discovery Suggestions/Recommendations for further titles instead of only linking to subject headings (Amazon, LibraryThing) Quick Results Flexible ways to view search results, including relevance, popularity, or availability FRBR display (modern approach to editions)
  13. 13. Features of a Discovery Environment Deliver and Share Easy delivery of digital object or easily facilitate delivery/location of physical object Works seamlessly with share systems or citation holders.  e.g. citeulike, del.icio.us, connotea, zotero, Ref Works, End Note, RSS feeds Tools to support the finding, gathering, use and reuse of scholarly content (e.g., RSS feeds, blogs, tagging, user reviews) Integrate with other applications, e.g. courseware (CMS), Amazon, Google Book Search, Worldcat, Metasearch, etc. 

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