The McDreamy OPAC, take 2.0

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The McDreamy OPAC: Creating Vision for Next Generation Search Tools. Presented at OhioNet, September 2008.

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  • The McDreamy OPAC, take 2.0

    1. 1. McDreamy OPAC: Creating a Vision for Next Generation Search Tools
    2. 2. Is McDreamy the missing link? YES!
    3. 3. Technology Implementation Tech
    4. 4. More choices than ever <ul><li>Enriched Data Options </li></ul><ul><li>Non-ILS dependent platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Content Management / Open Source </li></ul><ul><li>Customization </li></ul><ul><li>In a dream world, standards adoption </li></ul>
    5. 5. What does this mean? <ul><li>Search is no longer entirely dependent on </li></ul><ul><li>the core ILS architecture. </li></ul><ul><li>Making YOUR VISION very important! </li></ul>
    6. 6. I wish our OPAC were more like_______, because _________________.
    7. 7. “… more like Amazon because browsing is personalized.” Jessi Crim-Weithman, Associate Director of Support Services. Westerville Public Library. westervillelibrary.org
    8. 8. “… more like iTunes for merchandising and content downloading. Jessi Crim-Weithman, Associate Director of Support Services. Westerville Public Library. westervillelibrary.org
    9. 9. … and iTunes results are visual. Jessi Crim-Weithman, Associate Director of Support Services. Westerville Public Library. westervillelibrary.org
    10. 10. “… more like Nordstrom because it’s fun.” Jessi Crim-Weithman, Associate Director of Support Services. Westerville Public Library. westervillelibrary.org
    11. 11. “… more like Ann Taylor Loft because it is practical.” Jessi Crim-Weithman, Associate Director of Support Services. Westerville Public Library. westervillelibrary.org
    12. 12. “… more like Good Reads, Library Thing, Amazon, and iTunes because they build community based on reading!” Jessi Crim-Weithman, Associate Director of Support Services. Westerville Public Library. westervillelibrary.org
    13. 13. Library Searching History Jessi Crim-Weithman, Associate Director of Support Services. Westerville Public Library. westervillelibrary.org Dewey Decimal System Web OPAC Dial-up Access The Card Catalog Reader’s Guide Text-Based OPAC MARC LC Subject Headings Federated Search
    14. 14. Have we come far enough? Jessi Crim-Weithman, Associate Director of Support Services. Westerville Public Library. westervillelibrary.org “ The price-to-computing-power ratio has changed so dramatically since the 1970s, when the technology in today’s 8GB iPod would have cost $100 million, that new classes of database are possible now that were inconceivable then.” Endeca’s White Paper on Information Access Platform endeca.com/resources/pdf/Endeca_IAP_white_paper.pdf
    15. 15. Defining the Search Discovery Platforms <ul><li>Relevance and Boosting </li></ul><ul><li>Tag Clouds or Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Facets </li></ul><ul><li>Refinement vs. Discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Content Harvesting </li></ul><ul><li>Indexing of purchased content </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking: Customer Tagging / Reviews based on own users or a larger community </li></ul><ul><li>Data server </li></ul>
    16. 16. The Marketplace Search Discovery Platforms <ul><li>Endeca, ProFind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>North Carolina State U, www.lib.ncsu.edu /catalog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aquabrowser, MediaLab Solutions/TLC (2004) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Queen’s Public, www.queenslibrary.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Columbus Metropolitan, catalog.columbuslibrary.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Encore, III (2006) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Westerville Public, www.westervillelibrary.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>World Cat Local, OCLC (2006) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Washington State U, www.lib.washington.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Primo, Ex Libris (2007) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vanderbilt U, discoverlibrary.vanderbilt.edu / </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. The Marketplace Wide Spread Adoption nearly 2000 100 plus
    18. 18. Marketplace Explosion 2008
    19. 19. The Marketplace 2008 Big Changes <ul><li>Encore releases 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Westerville Public, westervillelibrary.org /encore </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Nebraska-Lincon, iris.unl.edu / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TLC ends relationship with Aquabrowser </li></ul><ul><li>Aquabrowser partners with Library Thing on My Discoveries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Muncie Public, www.munpl.org / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Croyden College, intranet.croydon.ac.uk/~vrcentre/index.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Serials Solutions picks up Aquabrowser academic sales </li></ul>
    20. 20. The Marketplace 2008 Introductions <ul><li>VTLS announces Visualizer, January 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National Library of Ireland, coming soon. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Follett releases Destiny Quest, June 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creekview High School, GA http://mediacenter.cherokee.k12.ga.us/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TLC announces Indigo </li></ul><ul><li>SirsiDynix announces Enterprise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>San Diego Public Library, coming soon. </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. The Marketplace Quasi-Discovery Platforms <ul><li>Open source: Koha, LibLime </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Athens Co Public, search.athenscounty.lib.oh.us </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enhanced Traditional OPACs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Polaris PowerPac, catalog.knox.net </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content Management Powered </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ann Arbor District Library, www.aadl.org /catalog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Homegrown solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Miami U’s Solrpac, beta.lib.muohio.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Villanova U’s VUFind, library.villanova.edu /Find </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Considerations Search Discovery Platforms <ul><li>Data servers vs. real-time </li></ul><ul><li>Account integration </li></ul><ul><li>Customization options </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Enriched content </li></ul>
    23. 23. Trends to Watch <ul><li>Chat integration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topeka and Shawnee County Public, catalog.tscpl.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enhanced data: Syndetics ICE, LTFL, Video Detective, Brodart’s Web Links, Flickr APIs… </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets </li></ul><ul><li>FRBR </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amazon gets it! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salt Lake County Public, www.slco.lib.ut.us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carroll County Public, aqua.carr.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mobile device support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Thing, www.librarything.com /mobile-tester </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Deliverable content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NetFlix </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The iPod/iTouch/iPhone, the Kindle, what’s next? </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. It’s time to starting Jessi Crim-Weithman, Associate Director of Support Services. Westerville Public Library. westervillelibrary.org McDREAMING
    25. 25. Ingredients to Cooking up a Vision <ul><li>Know the user </li></ul><ul><li>Understand search/library history </li></ul><ul><li>Understand current state </li></ul><ul><li>Trend watch and play, play, play! </li></ul>
    26. 26. Art of Innovation Tom Kelley The Deep Dive Nightline, ABC News, July 13, 1999 “ The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas.&quot; -Linus Pauling
    27. 27. Who are your users? Creating Personas <ul><li>Data Mining </li></ul><ul><li>Surveying users </li></ul><ul><li>Watching users </li></ul><ul><li>Interview front-line staff </li></ul>
    28. 28. Who are your users?
    29. 29. Stuart, the Student Biology Undergraduate, 2nd year Not used the library on his own for finding information (Mom was big help in HS) Avid Science Fiction Reader Tends to buy, not borrow (loves Amazon, loathes the college book store)
    30. 30. Jane, Housewife/Consultant Three kids: 8, 5, 3 Visit library weekly for storytimes and homework help Started using library with kids Power computer user: blogs on family and photography Consults in the design industry
    31. 31. Kent, Retired Dentist Life-long library user (fondly remembers the card catalog) Wants to start a small retirement business venture Hobbies include boating and fishing Uses computer for emailing grandkids (Oh, and the library online catalog)
    32. 32. Need more help? Possible Vendors <ul><li>Design/Discovery Firms </li></ul><ul><li>Usability Firms </li></ul><ul><li>Contract/RFP Experts </li></ul><ul><li>Development/Coders </li></ul><ul><li>ILS </li></ul>
    33. 33. Need more help? Library Vendor Relationship <ul><li>Before you sign </li></ul><ul><li>Development partner </li></ul><ul><li>Beta tester </li></ul>
    34. 34. Describe your McDreamy OPAC, in a single word… (Okay, let’s go with 3 words!)
    35. 35. FINDABILITY, FUN, DELIVERY
    36. 36. Oh, and please, please, please…
    37. 37. Thank you! Jessi Crim-Weithman Associate Director of Support Services Westerville Public Library 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081 Email: Jessi at westervillelibrary.org Blog: www.mommylibrarian.com

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