UW Forward - CUWL 2011

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Eric Larson and Steve Meyer present the annual UW Forward update for the Council of UW Libraries conference.

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UW Forward - CUWL 2011

  1. 1. UW · Forward> Eric & Steve> For the Forward Development Task Force> June 2, 2011 - CUWL> http://forward.library.wisconsin.edu
  2. 2. UW · ForwardForward Update
  3. 3. Madison
Linked
to
Forward
“Experiment”
from
Home
PageBETA
LAUNCHED
  4. 4. How
Are
People
Really
Using
Forward?TRACKING
STATISTICS
  5. 5. Who
Needs
the
Experts?OPEN
YOURSELF
UP
  6. 6. “I just want to say that I am loving Forward so far!Great improvement on searching. Its a muchnicer user interface especially for first timesearchers. I think it feels a lot younger and up-to-date, which appeals to the college student especiallywith the top bar where you can access youraccount. I also like the integration of the digitalcollection. It brings almost your research needscloser!Great work! Keep it up!”
  7. 7. “I love this process of requesting books. It was somuch simpler than using madcat! I love that itonly took about 5 clicks to order a book and thatwas only because I wasnt signed in yet.THANKS!!!!!!!!!! :)”
  8. 8. “Just wanted to quickly say "thanks"! It has beenyears since I have used MADCAT to check outbooks from campus. I have been frequenting mylocal public libraries instead. I decided tonight to tryit. I noticed the "try Forward link", but opted forMadcat first. I gave up after several minutes oflooping around and around the title I wanted, butnot being able to figure out how to select the copythat appeared to be available. So I went back tothe Forward link, and had my request placedin about 30 seconds. Love it! Great job!!”
  9. 9. “Im very much liking the ease of use with the new catalog. I especially likethat I can request books from other schools in the system without having tore-do my search or navigate away from the page.One book-request-related comment, though: I would love to be able tonavigate back to my search after Ive requested a book. Right nowits possible to get back to the record for the book that I just requested, butI have to use the browsers "back" button to actually get to the full searchresults. Its a very small thing, but since youre in the feedback-gatheringstage...Thanks for your work on the site re-do. Very nicely done.”
  10. 10. And
Then
We
Received
A
Scathing
Review
Of…SUBJECT
BROWSING
  11. 11. Feedback
Subject:

 Wow,
This
Is
Horrible
  12. 12. This
Resource
Is
About• Science
  13. 13. “Once a category is established, it suggests or imposes others, so that no cataloguingmethod, whether on shelf or on paper, is ever closed unto itself. If I decide on a numberof subjects, each of these subject will require a classification within its classification. At acertain point in the ordering, out of fatigue, boredom or frustration, I’ll stop thisgeometrical progression. But the possibility of continuing is always there. There are nofinal categories in a library.” Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night
  14. 14. Abstract expressionism--United States--Exhibitions.
  15. 15. “It’s
not
really
a
hierarchy.”
  16. 16. Linguis8cs–Methodology.Language
and
languages–Philosophy.Empiricism–History–20th
century.
  17. 17. USER
TESTING
THE
LIVE
APP
  18. 18. Forward
Usability
Report
–
Beta
ReleasehYp://forward.library.wisconsin.edu/moving‐forward/?p=839
  19. 19. The
D’oh
List1. Carry
search
terms
from
basic
to
advanced
search.
2. Advanced
search
opbons,
such
as
pre‐search
limibng
by
format
and
language.
3. Make
item
availability
more
explicit.
Clarify
green
checkmark
and/or
use
language
to
 describe
status.
4. Idenbfy
locabon
of
libraries
to
help
users
determine
where
items
are
located
on
campus.
5. Change
the
Compact
Discs
facet
label
to
CDs.












…
  20. 20. Invesbgate
ways
to
incorporate
browse
and
search
opbons
more
consistently
throughout
Forward.

  21. 21. Major
Informabon
Architecture
Overhaul
Informed
by
User
TestsUI
UPDATE
  22. 22. Always
Know
Where
You
AreMAIN
NAVIGATION
  23. 23. This
is
the
Core
of
a
Catalog,
So
Do
It
WellAVAILABILITY
UPDATE
  24. 24. BE
SMARTERPUT
AVAILABILITY
FRONT
&
CENTER
  25. 25. URL
Cataloging
Rules
Are
Maddening
GET
EVEN
SMARTER
ABOUT
ONLINE
STUFF
  26. 26. UPGRADE
BLACKLIGHT
  27. 27. INSTALL
PROPER
ADVANCED
SEARCH
  28. 28. LIMITS
  29. 29. FIELDED
BOOLEAN
SEARCHING
  30. 30. ? UW SystemResource Discovery RFPHow does that impact Forward?
  31. 31. MOTORCYCLE!
  32. 32. UW · Interface
  33. 33. UW · Web-Scale
  34. 34. UW · Forward• Forward + Summon API• Adds access to >132M: - Journal Articles - Newspaper Articles - Conference Proceedings - Trade Publications• EXPERIMENT NOT LIVE
  35. 35. ANY MEGA-AGGREGATE
  36. 36. UW · Forward Unified UW System index search results, and deliver relevant contextualized lForward supports catalog data from all 26 UW System services to patrons.campuses and a growing number of digital collectionsand data sets.Rich resource discovery and requesting interfaceForward allows items to be discovered and requestedacross the entire UW System easier then ever before.Extensible interface for future growthForward is designed for integrating with vendor-suppliedremote article indexes, like Primo Central or Summon,via vendor APIs.Evolving interface for researchersForward can meet the changing needs of researchersand patrons, allow local control over the presentation of
  37. 37. ANY MEGA-AGGREGATE
  38. 38. UW · ForwardThe Good
  39. 39. UW · Forward> Mitch, Eric, Steve> July 21, 2009 - CUWL> http://disco.library.wisc.edu
  40. 40. UW · ImprovementsInformation Field-directed Boolean-ablearchitecture searching advanced search *Yonks* better Nested facetSave items relevancy formatsResult type Local vs System It’s now pretty icons toggle
  41. 41. UW · Improvements Return to Result set Sign in search results paginationSave, cite, email Help on Staff viewor txt the item every page LocalizedSubject browse It’s now pretty availability
  42. 42. UW · Opportunity
  43. 43. UW · ForwardUnified UW System index search results, and deliver relevant contextualized lForward supports catalog data from all 26 UW System services to patrons.campuses and a growing number of digital collectionsand data sets.Rich resource discovery and requesting interfaceForward allows items to be discovered and requestedacross the entire UW System easier then ever before.Extensible interface for future growthForward is designed for integrating with vendor-suppliedremote article indexes, like Primo Central or Summon,via vendor APIs.Evolving interface for researchersForward can meet the changing needs of researchersand patrons, allow local control over the presentation of
  44. 44. UW · ForwardThe Bad
  45. 45. UW · Opportunity
  46. 46. UW · ForwardThe Ugly (data)
  47. 47. UW · Opportunity
  48. 48. ?Questions
  49. 49. UW · Thanks

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