Redefining IUCAT’s public interface: Blacklight

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IU Librarians' Day | June 8, 2012
Slides from an informal informational session about the project to implement a new public interface for IUCAT, powered by Blacklight.

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Redefining IUCAT’s public interface: Blacklight

  1. 1. Redefining IUCAT’s public interface: Blacklight Librarians Day Indiana University Libraries June 8, 2012 Courtney Greene, IUB | Mary Popp, IUB | Randi Stocker, IUPUI
  2. 2. What We’re Going to Do Today • Blacklight as a “Discovery Layer” • Look, Flow, and Functionality • Questions? • Implementation Specifics • Timeline, Development priorities • Testing & Training • Questions?
  3. 3. Blacklight as a “Discovery Layer” • Blacklight as an “overlay” • Blacklight interface overlays the information in the SIRSI/Dynix database with tools to make the resource easier to find • Adds functions that make it easier for a non-expert user to locate material • Visible Differences from current IUCAT • Interface, Facets, Relevancy, Book jackets • Hidden gains • Back button, Permanent URLs, Cite/Export tools
  4. 4. Users can choose different types of searchesUsers can limit theirsearch with differentfacets
  5. 5. Displays the actions you take Sorts by relevance! Weights sections of a bibliographic record so as to boost some records to the top of the results list
  6. 6. To narrow search results apply facets:Format = bookLibrary = IUPUI University Library Displays the limits applied Displays book jackets
  7. 7. Format iconsshow in hit list
  8. 8. Apply facets:Format = serial Note that relevance rankingLibrary = IUPUI University Library pushes the title nearer to the topDisplaysthefacetsapplied
  9. 9. URLs will automatically be permalinks And the browser’s BACK BUTTON works! New featuresReturn to hit list
  10. 10. Easily limit searches through use offacets: date, format, location, etc.
  11. 11. Adding publication year willhelp push desired itemsnearer to the top of the list
  12. 12. Add another term tofurther narrow searchresults using operators[AND, OR, NOT --must be in all-CAPS]
  13. 13. Note that Blacklight doesn’t use truncation – instead uses word stemming Word stemming – “effective” also retrieves “effectiveness”
  14. 14. Question Break ** Following the session, we will be happy to answer additional questions
  15. 15. Implementation: timeline & development priorities• August – Patron services (My Account, renew, request) – Vernacular – Advanced search
  16. 16. Working nowSearches to be on Requestadded initially: Delivery,Series ALF requestISBN/ISSN
  17. 17. Implementation: timeline & development priorities• August – Patron services (My Account, renew, request) – Vernacular – Advanced search• December: – Campus views – Additional work on interface (user testing)• Plans for staff training being developed now
  18. 18. A couple of design concepts forcampus views – these are just drafts,or examples to consider
  19. 19. Looking forward…• Authentication/authorization• Browse by call number (see next slide for an example from Stanford)• Transition to OLE
  20. 20. Your Questions ** Following the session, we will be happy to answer any additional questions
  21. 21. Thank you!* Access the Blacklight interface: http://blacklight.uits.iu.edu* Please feel free to send questions to: iucat@indiana.edu* DLITF Sharepoint site: http://go.iu.edu/4pT

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