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  • Webpac 2.0

    1. 1. What can We do with the WebPAC? Is it Relevant in a Web 2.0 World John Wenzler: jwenzler@sfsu.edu San Francisco State University
    2. 2. The Anxiety of Freedom
    3. 3. The “OPAC Sucks” Meme <ul><li>Roy Tennant says that trying to fix the OPAC is like putting “Lipstick on a pig” in Library Journal, 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Schneider does a 3 part series on “How OPACs Suck” on her ALA blog </li></ul><ul><li>An “OPAC Sucks” video shows up on YouTube: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =tJD-safYEb0 </li></ul>
    4. 4. David Walker’s “OPAC Sucks” Demo
    5. 5. Specific Complaints -- Part I <ul><li>It is not as good as the old card Catalog </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of context when browsing: hard to see where you are in the index </li></ul><ul><li>Less access to experts (i.e. Librarians) </li></ul><ul><li>Deceptively non-intimidating user interface </li></ul>
    6. 6. Specific Complaints -- Part II <ul><li>It is not as good as Amazoogle </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance Ranking ineffective </li></ul><ul><li>Too many complex search options </li></ul><ul><li>Poorly integrated with the library’s digital resources and with the Internet in general </li></ul><ul><li>No suggestions or recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Lacks user-generated content such a reviews and ratings </li></ul>
    7. 7. What can we do about it? <ul><li>Outsource Redesign (WebPAC refresher) </li></ul><ul><li>Hide the WebPAC (behind a “discovery layer”) </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance the WebPAC </li></ul>
    8. 8. WorldCat Local: WebPAC in the Back Office
    9. 9. Scriblio: An Open-source “wrapper” for WebPAC
    10. 10. Solrpac: Potential Open-Source Option
    11. 11. AquaBrowser: Hip Skin for WebPac
    12. 12. Encore: WebPAC as Cyrano de Bergerac
    13. 13. WebPAC for Data -- not for display
    14. 14. Enhancements Overview <ul><li>Innovative Interfaces Enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Third-party Enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Home Made Enhancements </li></ul>
    15. 15. III Enhancements: InnReach
    16. 16. III Enhancements: WebBridge/Pathfinder Pro
    17. 17. WebBridge/Pathfinder Pro Window
    18. 18. Literary Databases for Literary Call Numbers
    19. 19. Engineering Databases for Engineering Call Numbers
    20. 20. III Enhancements: ERM as a Database Pathfinder in the WebPAC
    21. 21. ERM: Browsing Electronic Resources
    22. 22. ERM: adding the Ejournal A-Z list to WebPAC
    23. 23. III Enhancements: Metadata Builder and Media Management
    24. 24. Media Management: WebPAC as a digital archive
    25. 25. III Enhancements: Spellcheck – searching for “Omnivore’s dillema”
    26. 26. III Enhancements: Patron Reviews Harry got Married?
    27. 27. Reading History/Preferred Searches
    28. 28. RSS Catalog Feeds
    29. 29. RSS Patron Feeds <ul><li>Updates for patron events </li></ul><ul><li>Overdue books </li></ul><ul><li>Pickups available </li></ul>
    30. 30. Third Party Enhancements: LibraryThing
    31. 31. LibraryThing: Another View
    32. 32. Library Thing Tag Browser: Adding Collective Wisdom to WebPAC
    33. 33. Third Party Enhancements: Syndetics
    34. 34. LibX: Adding WebPAC to the Browser
    35. 35. LibX: Taking WebPAC to the Jungle
    36. 36. Third Party Enhancements: Google Books
    37. 38. Third Party Enhancements: Amazon
    38. 39. Third Party Enhancements: Other Possibilities <ul><li>Amazon: Reviews, Tags, Descriptions (API Now available) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Books: Tags, Jackets, (API now Available) </li></ul><ul><li>LibraryThing (API now Available) </li></ul><ul><li>OCLC (API available soon) </li></ul><ul><li>Metasearch Engines: Research Pro, Metalib, WebFeat … </li></ul>
    39. 40. Home Made Enhancements: JavaScript – Context Sensitive help
    40. 41. JavaScript: Context Sensitive Help
    41. 43. Home Made Enhancements: Text Messages
    42. 45. Adding Reference to WebPAC
    43. 46. More JavaScript Enhancements
    44. 47. Facets with JavaScript
    45. 48. Home Made Enhancements: Wish Lists and Suggested Reading
    46. 49. Home Made RSS Feeds and Cover Browser
    47. 50. Online New Book Display
    48. 51. XML Tricks: AADL
    49. 52. John Wenzler ( [email_address] ) Slides: http://online.sfsu.edu/~jwenzler/research/webPAC2.ppt Handout: http://online.sfsu.edu/~jwenzler/research/webPAC2.pdf

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