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Top Technologies & Trends. Roy Tennant. Caveats and Considerations. Just a few trends I see, not all Things change rapidly Consider how these trends may impact your particular situation. The Trends. Mass Digitization Centralized Discovery (and its impact on our local systems) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Top Technologies & TrendsRoy Tennant

  • Caveats and ConsiderationsJust a few trends I see, not allThings change rapidlyConsider how these trends may impact your particular situation

  • The TrendsMass DigitizationCentralized Discovery (and its impact on our local systems)Better Linking

  • Mass Digitization

  • Google Library ProjectA number of large research libraries participatingOnly online at Google Books and University of Michigan (theirs only) University of Michigan has at least 100,000 items onlineOnly full-text searchable as a unified resource at Google Books

  • Open Content AllianceWorking with a number of libraries and sponsors (including Yahoo! and Microsoft)Digitizing more slowly than Google, but steadilyContent online at can download all the files

  • Implications for LibrariesWith help from OCLC, possibility of all small libraries becoming hugeIncreased need to split inventory control from discoveryNeed for ways to slice and segment content based on topic, intended audience, etc.What to do: think about how you can integrate this content

  • Centralized Discovery

  • Massively CentralizedExamples:Google ScholarMicrosoft Live AcademicOpen WorldCatDriving users from the Internet to the libraryImplications:Connecting users from these tools to our content is importantMaking our role clear is essentialWe should refocus our efforts on niche needs

  • Locally CentralizedFew library users want to limit their search to only booksNew finding tools are making traditional library catalogs obsolete as finding toolsNOTE: Libraries still need an ILS, but it will not be the way users find what they want

  • Classic ILSILS

    AcquisitionsCirculationSerialsCatalogSearching happens at library terminalTightly integrated components

  • New World Order

    Library Collections and Services

    AcquisitionsCirculationSerialsGoogleSearching happens anywhereOpen WorldCatMetasearchOthersOthersLoosely integrated componentsDiscovery layer disaggregated

  • HoldingsCirc statusILSHoldings and circ status

  • Why This Makes SenseUsers typically want to find everything they can on a topicUsers prefer to search in one place if possibleMost ILSs lack cool new features that already exist in Open WorldCat or other systems

  • Faceted browsing Integrated article indexes Relevance ranked Clean, easy to read display

  • The Next Generation ILSRefocused on library operationsConstructed with interoperable componentsAble to work well with other systems:Export holdings information for use in other systemsExpose appropriate APIs, such as circ infoPossibly open source (e.g., Koha, Evergreen)

  • Next Generation Finding ToolsAble to integrate access to a wide variety of sourcesAble to use information from other systems as well as provide it (via protocols)Offer sophisticated features like relevance ranking, faceted browsing, etc.Not a library catalog!What to do: reconsider your finding tools

  • Better Linking

  • Better Linking Through ChemistryOur goal: get the user to what they want as quickly and as painlessly as possible OpenURL resolvers are the beginning, not the endExample: The mlat by Ross Singer

  • OpenURL Resolver Directory

  • GUF: Getting Users to Full-Text*Title links on results screen lead to either:Full-text (best)Print-holdings information with map (2nd best) Pre-filled interlibrary loan request form (worst)Issues Addressed:Follow long click-paths Get stuck at dead-endsResubmit search mid-session* This and next 2 slides stolen from David Lindahl without his knowledge or permission

  • How GUF WorksTry to get to full-text:Improve metadata transferEliminate errorsEliminate clicksIf no full-text, try to get to print:Check local holdingsGroup editions to find a good-enough copy

  • GUF Uses Other ServicesGUF is a Cold Fusion application that uses:Database of print journal holdingsWeb Services API to OpenURL resolverOCLCS xISBN serviceISSN lookupDOI resolverEtc.

  • Putting the Trends TogetherWe no longer control how people get to information, therefore we mustLet others do what they do well and refocus our efforts where we can create the most added valueUse information from other systems (e.g., cover images from AmazonOpen up our systems to other systems (e.g., NCSUs Web Availability Service

  • Web Availability Service

  • Making Good Technology DecisionsKnow your clienteleLearn the new technologies available to you that are appropriate to your missionImaginatively apply those technologies to serve the unique needs of your usersProvide easy access to what they want, how and when they want itMarket your services wellRinse and repeat

    Portal pageResult list for tab booksFind Articles 2 interface. New basic search pagemajor improvement is results come back mergedfull-text in two-clicks without knowing what a database is

    Say:This all happens behind the scenesA ColdFusion program running on the webserver does all of the interactions that are expected of a user trying to get articles in a metasearch application with an OpenURL link resolver menu.

    Discuss standards for metadata on results pageDont change metadata from databases without communicating

    Jeff notes:1. Try to get to full-text:improved metadata parsing and transferpre-fetch and check for errors on links to full-texttry another full-text source upon errorfollow link trails directly to PDF or HTML full-text2. If no full-text, try to get to print:check local holdingscheck for other editions to find good enough copy