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Catalog Form and Function Interest Group

Saturday, January 25, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, US/Eastern

The ALCTS Catalog Form & Function Interest Group explores the evolving nature of the library catalog and its relationship to the fundamental mission and expanding services of libraries.

Search and discovery in libraries are rapidly changing due to new technologies such as discovery systems and library services platforms. Libraries are challenged with balancing these new tools with more traditional search systems like the library OPAC.

We will hear from two libraries who have employed unique methods to make newer tools and as well as the traditional OPAC accessible to their library users. Ellen R. Caplan, Head of Cataloging Services
at Stephen F. Austin State University will discuss her library's split-screen OPAC and Summon search results page. Denise A. Garofalo, Systems and Catalog Services Librarian at Mount Saint Mary College, will discuss her library’s website redesign project and why they felt it was important to keep the traditional OPAC available.

Join us on Saturday January 25 at 3pm. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A and group discussion.

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Denise Garofalo's slides are available for download.