2010 Report - Annual
GROUP: Next Generation Catalog Interest Group
CHAIR: Ray Schwartz
REPORTER: Suzanne Graham
ADDRESS: Law Library Annex, 225 Herty Drive, Athens, GA 30602
OTHER: IG Meeting
PROGRAM_TITLE: You've Found It, Now What?! : Extended Services in Next Generation
CURRENT_ACTIVITIES: The LITA Next Generation Catalog Interest Group met on
Monday, June 28, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Hilton-Washington (Columbia 8)
A brief IG business meeting and vote for a chair-elect was held. Michael Kim (Head of Cataloging
and Metadata Services, University of Miami) was nominated and elected (without contest) as the
vice chair/chair-elect of the NGCIG.
We had a presentation and discussion of expanded services in our library catalogs
beyond the traditional "find" role.
Eric Lease Morgan spoke of the important exploratory role of full text materials in library catalogs
and how full text materials enable scholars to interact efficiently with scholarship and art through
the actual prose.
John Blyberg spoke of his work on SOPAC (Social Catalog Application Suite), which he describes
as "a comprehensive approach to designing the digital library user experience. By integrating the
discovery layer with the content management system, Drupal, SOPAC effectively put the control
over user experience design back in the hands of librarians while providing a solution that is
designed for users." SOPAC engages users through user-focused book lists, bookshelf browsing,
community tagging, Twitter notification from staff, and RSS alerts of new materials.
Tim Spalding shared several of LibraryThing's post-discovery features and add-ons
available to library catalogs, such as "virtual bookshelf." He urged librarians to think of themselves as
an integral part of the Internet information ecosystem, not in conflict with it. He advised that we
need to stay vital by literally being linked in.
FUTURE_ACTIVITIES: Envigorating traffic on IG's electronic mailing list and organizing another
outstanding presentation for midwinter in San Diego.