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The Implementation and Launch of AquaBrowser at Halifax Public Libraries  Presented by: Laurel Tarulli Collection Access L...
<ul><li>Why a Social Catalogue? </li></ul><ul><li>Doing our homework and the RFP </li></ul><ul><li>Factors that influenced...
<ul><li>Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Beta Launch </li></ul><ul><li>Taking a look at our new catalogue! </li></ul><ul><...
<ul><li>Why did Halifax Public Libraries want a social catalogue and  what features were essential ?  Not essential? </li>...
Why a Social Catalogue? <ul><li>Halifax Public Libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision to create a collaborative, social en...
Considerations <ul><li>Identify what other libraries are doing…likes?...dislikes?...successes?...failures? </li></ul><ul><...
Considerations <ul><li>Vendor presentations  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sample RFPs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask...
Mandatory Requirements <ul><li>Faceted navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Library defined relevancy ranking </li></ul><ul><li>Si...
Mandatory Requirements <ul><li>Federated searching </li></ul><ul><li>Close to real-time database synchronization with ILS ...
Mandatory Requirements <ul><li>“ Social” or “Collaborative” components </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add and search tags </li>...
Wouldn’t it be nice if it could… <ul><li>Sharing with other social networks (Facebook, MySpace, Amazon, Google bookmarks) ...
Implementation <ul><li>1 year to public beta launch </li></ul><ul><li>Key factors in successful implementation </li></ul><...
Implementation <ul><li>Social catalogue team made up of key staff members from different departments at HPL </li></ul>Info...
AquaBrowser – Out of the Box
 
 
 
Timeline <ul><li>Spring 2009 – RFP and purchase of AquaBrowser </li></ul><ul><li>Summer/Fall 2009 – Implementation  </li><...
Feedback from Patrons Features – Useful or not useful? Easy to use or hard to use? <ul><li>Posting & reading reviews </li>...
Feedback from Patrons <ul><li>“… if one enjoys books, it can only be described as a positive addiction…I found the new cat...
Research Continues <ul><li>HPL is one of two libraries in Canada participating in a usability study examining the major so...
HPL’s Vision for the Future <ul><li>Social Catalogues impact and enhance all core library services  </li></ul><ul><li>Incr...
<ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>Laurel Tarulli </li></ul><ul><li>Collection Access Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Halifa...
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Implementing AquaBrowser

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This is a presentation I gave at our Provincial Library. They are thinking about acquiring and implementing a social catalogue and invited libraries and vendors to attend a one day session and speak on their various social discovery tools.

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Implementing AquaBrowser

  1. 1. The Implementation and Launch of AquaBrowser at Halifax Public Libraries Presented by: Laurel Tarulli Collection Access Librarian Halifax Public Libraries
  2. 2. <ul><li>Why a Social Catalogue? </li></ul><ul><li>Doing our homework and the RFP </li></ul><ul><li>Factors that influenced our decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Beta Launch </li></ul><ul><li>Taking a look at our new catalogue! </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Participant in OCLC funded research project </li></ul>Today’s Discussion…so many options
  3. 3. <ul><li>Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Beta Launch </li></ul><ul><li>Taking a look at our new catalogue! </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Participant in OCLC funded research project </li></ul>Focus on
  4. 4. <ul><li>Why did Halifax Public Libraries want a social catalogue and what features were essential ? Not essential? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why a Social Catalogue? <ul><li>Halifax Public Libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision to create a collaborative, social environment that represents an extension of our physical branches; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To assist in better access to all of our collections, including an easier and more intuitive interface; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User expectations – and staff expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Big picture! </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Considerations <ul><li>Identify what other libraries are doing…likes?...dislikes?...successes?...failures? </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Proprietary vs. Open Source Software </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Solution Requirements (ie. What would you like the software to do? What does it have to do?) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Users – user needs, groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Budget, staff resources and time-line </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Considerations <ul><li>Vendor presentations </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sample RFPs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask about special customized features or to address concerns you have about something you’ve read </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who owns your data/stats? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to track/manipulate statistics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Speak with colleagues at other libraries about their experiences and opinions </li></ul>
  8. 8. Mandatory Requirements <ul><li>Faceted navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Library defined relevancy ranking </li></ul><ul><li>Single search result screen </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google-like search box to search all indexes at once; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Set of related terms; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relevancy ranked results; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Faceted browsing capability for further refinement of results based on library selected dimensions. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Mandatory Requirements <ul><li>Federated searching </li></ul><ul><li>Close to real-time database synchronization with ILS database </li></ul><ul><li>Indexing that is unattended and automated </li></ul><ul><li>Single sign-on to interface, ILS, other data sources </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion of additional databases, including Community Resources Database </li></ul><ul><li>Display of enriched content (cover art, ToC, reviews, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>In-house ability to customize, define and make changes to interface and design components </li></ul>
  10. 10. Mandatory Requirements <ul><li>“ Social” or “Collaborative” components </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add and search tags </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal and public lists </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Searchable lists and users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of reviews </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute ratings </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Wouldn’t it be nice if it could… <ul><li>Sharing with other social networks (Facebook, MySpace, Amazon, Google bookmarks) </li></ul><ul><li>Compatibility with smart phones/devices </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to “follow” other users (reading lists, reading preferences) </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feed </li></ul>
  12. 12. Implementation <ul><li>1 year to public beta launch </li></ul><ul><li>Key factors in successful implementation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliographic Records – how good and accurate is your cataloguing? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge of your existing system and how it works </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Excellent working relationship with your vendor contact </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Implementation <ul><li>Social catalogue team made up of key staff members from different departments at HPL </li></ul>Information Technology Readers’ Services Diversity Services Reference Adult Services Collection Access Communications & Marketing
  14. 14. AquaBrowser – Out of the Box
  15. 18. Timeline <ul><li>Spring 2009 – RFP and purchase of AquaBrowser </li></ul><ul><li>Summer/Fall 2009 – Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Beta Launch - December 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Public Beta Launch – April 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://discover.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca:9000/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online Feedback/Survey - ongoing </li></ul>
  16. 19. Feedback from Patrons Features – Useful or not useful? Easy to use or hard to use? <ul><li>Posting & reading reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Look and feel </li></ul><ul><li>Faceted navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Searching/viewing lists </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery word cloud </li></ul><ul><li>Which catalogue do you prefer? </li></ul>
  17. 20. Feedback from Patrons <ul><li>“… if one enjoys books, it can only be described as a positive addiction…I found the new catalogue very user friendly and easy on the eyes - i.e. not too busy. It is fun to use and easy to navigate and find search items. I particularly enjoyed the &quot;Discovery&quot; area on the left of the screen.” </li></ul><ul><li>– HPL Patron </li></ul>
  18. 21. Research Continues <ul><li>HPL is one of two libraries in Canada participating in a usability study examining the major social discovery tools used in Canadian public libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>2010 OCLC/ALISE grant awarded to research partners Laurel Tarulli, HPL and Dr. Louise Spiteri, Dalhousie University to carry out this study. </li></ul>
  19. 22. HPL’s Vision for the Future <ul><li>Social Catalogues impact and enhance all core library services </li></ul><ul><li>Increases remote access and sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Library plays central role in community </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local “Google” – no longer “just an inventory” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with a variety of organizations </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>museums, galleries and archives and beyond </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Create an online, collaborative information space that reflects the needs and desires of our users </li></ul>
  20. 23. <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>Laurel Tarulli </li></ul><ul><li>Collection Access Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Halifax Public Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>31 Eisener Blvd. </li></ul><ul><li>Dartmouth, NS B2W 0J1 </li></ul><ul><li>Ph. (902)490-2704 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca </li></ul>

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