LITA Next Generation Catalogs IG

LITA Next Generation Catalogs IG

Saturday 1:30-3:30

Inaugural Meeting – meeting following this session at 3:30 p.m. to decide speakers and topics for next meeting.

Speaker 1

Don Barlow

Westerville Public Library

Serve 86,000 people

Quality program and services made available so people will use it.

Users expect info to be delivered to them with highly personalized interfaces.

Combine quality, convenience and social computing – drive up window, accessible through multiple devices, MySpace and Flickr accounts, tagging, gaming, RSS feeds, pod casting, hot lines (phones throughout library to ask for assistance), e-commerce, and line buster (handheld device to check out while in line).

Develop a NO list – every time you say no to a customer, write it down. The list is reviewed weekly to see if need to revise policies.

One Card – All resources – All the time: search
Ohio. One card accesses everything in the state.

Handheld Compatible

Access to resources must be easy and fun to use! Connect with people and create own community.

Encore is new discovery integration reviews context-sensitive links faceted search. Add to Outlook calendar when schedule class.

Many development partners exist throughout the country. Based on Google searching – has same look and feel. Uses federated search engine.

Relevancy tagging is similar to Amazon.com.

Search other libraries in the area and have the materials delivered.

Did you mean? For if you misspell a word.

Refined by tag cloud. Community can add the tags. Remember this has no effect on the Marc record. It just helps the next patron to come along.

Search words are highlighted within the found items.

Supplements subject headings with specialized terminology.

Programs for program registration – RSS feed to customer when new ones are available.

It brings content, community and discovery together. It transforms the user experience. It is rich in information yet simple to use. It is easily maintainable.

Discovery Services Platform

Booth 4132 Encore

Booth 3205 Innovative


Speaker 2

Steve Shadle

University of

36,000 students

Innovative Interfaces ILS & WebPAC

WorldCat Local – what it is, what it does, etc.

It integrates WorldCat with the local delivery environment. A customized view of WorldCat.org

Functionality: single search box, relevancy ranking, FRBR collocation, faceted browse, and citation formatting. It links to local systems.

It searches PubMed, ERIC, GPO, ArticleFirst and WorldCat.

It is not a federated search product. It knows what is held and presents as local information.

Strategic Plan: to build and integrate new tools and services for information discovery and delivery.

It helps to shape the future of the service. It is designed with the user in mind.

Too many silos: content, 3 catalogs, hundreds of databases, delivery silos

Ranked by holdings. Keeps in mind how quickly available to someone.

250,000 searches were done in the first month.

Requests were up for UW,
Summit and ILL borrowing.

Demonstrated Live.

Search UW Libraries and beyond is the name on the search box. It brought up 67 results with items held by UW listed at the top. He used the facet to limit the search. Shows symbol for book, visual, sound recording, etc. It allows you to request through your own library also. They have needed to adjust staff. It uses drop down menus very effectively. It is an easy to use system.

OCLC wanted to include their digital collections also. They use primarily CONTENTdm. Mapped a crosswalk from CONTENTdm to catalog.

Learning what works and what doesn’t work as it is in beta testing mode.

Speaker 3

Dale Poulter

Automation Coordinator/Systems Librarian




User interface was designed for searching, not finding. They wanted to move the library services to the users. The users wanted to get information from where they were at – facebook, myGoogle, mySpace, etc.

All of their staff is involved. Several teams were created.

Implemented Metalib 4.0 in conjuction with Primo. The interface is much simpler. Searches are very quick.

Primo allows RSS, tagging, faceted browsing, and federated searching.

Administration of Primo is very easy. Quickly generate new interfaces for individual libraries or user groups. They will have different default searching.

Staff response has been positive. Any problems were responded to very quickly.

3rd node searching is much faster than federated searching.

It will be available soon.