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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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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  • Demo of AquaBrowser Point out: Streaming cover art New lists Example of Community Resources Database integration – search WINE Point out customized icons Facets Example of working with local museum, archives, etc. – search MicMac Did you mean? feature/customization – Mi’Kmaq Search “Zoomba” - didn’t have a “Did you mean?” but we added it in (customization). Search “Pilates” – demonstrate Federated searching of subscription databases Indicate usefulness of Discovery Word Cloud Point out option to share with other social media sources My Discoveries Demonstrate lists, tagging, reviews, ratings and how to search another user
  • 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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