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Event Catalog Form and Function Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

Using RDA to Improve User Experience

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.
A major trend in libraries in the past several years has been the shift to the new RDA cataloging standard. RDA has the potential to better serve users, and some libraries are taking advantage of the transition to offer new and improved services.

Using RDA to Improve User Experience

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.
A major trend in libraries in the past several years has been the shift to the new RDA cataloging standard. RDA has the potential to better serve users, and some libraries are taking advantage of the transition to offer new and improved services.

We will hear from two libraries who implemented improved end-user services using RDA records. Richard Guajardo from the University of Houston will discuss a project to create improved format icons to replace the GMD (general material designation). Ted Schwitzner from the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) will discuss the implementation of post-search facets using RDA records.

Join us on Saturday June 28 from 3 - 4 pm at the Las Vegas Convention Center room N262 . Presentations will be followed by a Q&A and group discussion.

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Event Catalog Form and Function Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 07:22 pm

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.

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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Event Catalog Form and Function Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 07:22 pm

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.

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.

In his Library Journal article, “Automation Marketplace 2013: the Rush to Innovate”, Marshall Breeding states “the emergence of a new genre of library services platforms that comprehensively manage library resources across all formats, based on service-oriented architecture with web-based interfaces designed for deployment through SaaS, stands to reshape the industry over the next decade.” Notably missing from these new library services platforms [e.g. OCLC WorldShare, Alma, Kuali OLE, Intota] is the traditional OPAC library catalog, instead relying on discovery service platforms or interface layers [i.e. WorldCat Local, Primo, Summon, Vufind, etc.] for search of library holdings and other content. Other libraries, still on traditional ILS platforms, are choosing to ‘hide’ their native ILS OPAC in deference to the new discovery layers.

Join us this Saturday to hear from two libraries who have entered this brave new post-OPAC world. Dave Patten, Library Systems Manager at the University of Huddersfield,UK, will discuss his library’s project to hide their OPAC and use Summon as their primary discovery tool. Roger Brisson, Head of Metadata Services at Boston University, will share BU’s experience migrating to the Ex Libris Alma platform and Primo.

Join us for a lively discussion, followed by Q&A, and a brief business meeting. We are currently looking to identify an individual or individuals interested in serving as Vice-Chair for the Interest Group. Please contact Cheryl Gowing [cgowing@miami.edu] if you might be interested in leading the group.

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Discussion "Discovery in a Post-OPAC World", ALCTS Catalog Form & Function Interest Group, Sat. 3-4pm

by Cheryl Gowing on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 07:22 am

ALCTS Catalog Form & Function Interest Group

Date:   Saturday, June 29, 2012

Time:   3:00-4:00 PM

Location:   McCormick Place Convention Center – N229

 

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.

ALCTS Catalog Form & Function Interest Group

Date:   Saturday, June 29, 2012

Time:   3:00-4:00 PM

Location:   McCormick Place Convention Center – N229

 

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.

 In his Library Journal article,  “Automation Marketplace 2013: the Rush to Innovate”, Marshall Breeding states “the emergence of a new genre of library services platforms that comprehensively manage library resources across all formats, based on service-oriented architecture with web-based interfaces designed for deployment through SaaS, stands to reshape the industry over the next decade.”     Notably missing from these new library services platforms [e.g. OCLC WorldShare, Alma, Kuali OLE, Intota] is the traditional OPAC library catalog, instead relying  on discovery service platforms or interface layers [i.e. WorldCat Local, Primo, Summon, Vufind, etc.] for search of library holdings and other content.     Other libraries, still on traditional ILS platforms,  are choosing to ‘hide’ their native ILS OPAC in deference to the new discovery layers.

 Join us this Saturday to hear from two libraries who have entered this brave new post-OPAC world.  Dave Patten, Library Systems Manager at the University of Huddersfield,UK, will discuss his library’s project to hide their OPAC and use Summon as their primary discovery tool.   Roger Brisson, Head of Metadata Services at Boston University, will share BU’s experience migrating to the Ex Libris Alma platform and Primo.

 Join us for a lively discussion, followed by Q&A, and a brief business meeting.     We are currently looking to identify an individual or individuals interested in serving as Vice-Chair for the Interest Group.   Please contact Cheryl Gowing [cgowing@miami.edu] if you might be interested in leading the group.

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Event Catalog Form and Function Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 01:07 am

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Meeting of the Catalog Form and Function Interest Group

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Event Catalog Form and Function Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

The Catalog Form and Function Interest Group meets to present topics of interest.

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Discussion Mobile Catalog Interfaces (ALA Annual 2010)

by Richard Guajardo on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 04:46 pm

Catalog Form & Function Interest Group

Mobile Catalog Interfaces
ALA Annual Program
Hilton Washington, Columbia 5, Washington, DC
Saturday 6/26/10  10:30 am-12:00 noon

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Design Strategies for a Freeform Mobile Catalog: Building From Scratch
Chad Haefele, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Catalog Form & Function Interest Group

Mobile Catalog Interfaces
ALA Annual Program
Hilton Washington, Columbia 5, Washington, DC
Saturday 6/26/10  10:30 am-12:00 noon

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Design Strategies for a Freeform Mobile Catalog: Building From Scratch
Chad Haefele, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Abstract: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched a mobile version of our library catalog in the summer of 2009.  Our local catalog has been III/Millennium for many years, but in summer 2008 we added Endeca as a discovery layer on top of the existing catalog.  Endeca provides new ways to access our catalog data, including XML feeds, which make a homegrown mobile interface possible.  Because the interface is homegrown we have very granular control over how the data is displayed.  This presentation will briefly outline the considerations we took into account when building the interface, the technical means which made it possible, and informal user feedback about the mobile catalog.

Shrinking the OPAC at Illinois: Opportunities for an Enhanced Mobile Experience
Josh Bishoff, University of Illinois

Abstract: The University of Illinois Libraries launched a mobile catalog in April 2010; currently the service includes a homegrown mobile interface to our VuFind OPAC implementation. Our current interface allows patrons to browse the local and CARLI consortium catalogs, to request books for delivery, and to access account information for renewal & checking hold status.  We will examine the process of 'disassembling' a full OPAC display and re-imagining its presentation to a mobile user, and note where we found challenges and opportunities for new services in the mobile use context (such as adding mapping features to the OPAC item display).  We'll address the benefits and drawbacks of developing locally rather than purchasing a vendor solution. We'll also discuss
preliminary findings from mobile transaction log analysis, which may reveal some differences between traditional & mobile OPAC use patterns.

A Custom Mobile Catalog: What to do When You Don't Like Your Options
Laurie M. Bridges, Oregon State University

Abstract: When Oregon State University Libraries’ MobileLib team couldn’t find a mobile catalog interface that met their patron’s needs, they created one.  The MobileLib team, comprised of two subject librarians and a computer programmer, created a custom mobile catalog interface for III, to incorporate all their desired features.  These features include the ability to search by keyword, title, subject, ISBN, as well as a course reserves search.  The search can be filtered by location, and results can be limited to 1, 5, or 10 results. Results include call numbers and the availability of one-click access to the most pertinent data. The item records include title, author, a description or table of contents, and a link to the shelf-view of the item.  Patrons can also email or text the call-numbers to their mobile phones.  At no time in their search do patrons need to leave the mobile catalog interface to view the record.  The interactive features combined with design specifications appropriate for mobile phones make this library catalog compatible for all types of mobile devices and truly unique.  

Mobile Discovery: Apps in the Wild
Andrew Nagy, Serials Solutions

Abstract: There’s an app for that!  The Millennial generation carries a smart phone in their pocket just like a set of car keys or a wallet.  It’s an essential every day item.  They use them for talking and texting, finding the location of friends and doing homework in between class.  Imagine a college student searching the library’s collections while walking to their next class – it’s happening now.  This talk will demonstrate some live examples from Discovery solutions such as AquaBrowser as well as the Web-scale Discovery solution Summon to see how users can search their library’s collections.  I will also demonstrate some examples of university wide mobile applications that involve the library’s resources.

We will also be electing a new Vice-Chair/Chair Elect.  If you are interested in running for this position, please send your bio to Richard Guajardo, Chair, CFFIG (guajardo@uh.edu) by Monday, June 21st.

 

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Discussion Call for Presenters: "Mobile Catalog Interfaces"

by Richard Guajardo on Fri, May 21, 2010 at 11:57 am

ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Interest Group
ALA Annual, Washington, DC
Saturday 6/26/10  10:30 am-12:00 noon
HILTON WASHINGTON—Columbia 5

ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Interest Group
ALA Annual, Washington, DC
Saturday 6/26/10  10:30 am-12:00 noon
HILTON WASHINGTON—Columbia 5

The ALCTS Catalog Form & Function Interest Group is looking for presenters for its session at ALA Annual, to be held from 10:30 to 12:00 on Saturday, June 26th. CFFIG, is interested in exploring the relationship between the mobile catalog interface, discovery tools, and the local catalog. Our topic will be "Mobile Catalog Interfaces," and we are currently looking for presenters for this session. Presentations should be approximately 15 minutes in length with 10 minutes for follow-up questions. Discussion will focus on integration of a mobile catalog interface with platforms such as: Summon, Ebscohost Integrated Search, World Cat Local, Endeca, Encore, AquaBrowser, and the local catalog. Suggestions for approaches to the presentations might include:

Mobile catalog interface design strategies and challenges

Do mobile catalog interfaces meet end user needs?

The level of discussion will be determined by the level of interest/involvement of you, the presenter! So please indicate your interest in presenting to Richard Guajardo, Chair, CFFIG (guajardo@uh.edu) by May 28th.

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Discussion CFFIG 2010 Midwinter Program

by Richard Guajardo on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 02:18 pm

Catalog Form & Function Interest Group

Recent Trends in Catalog Architecture
2010 ALA Mid-winter Meeting

January 16, 2010

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PDF versions of the presentation slides are included below.

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Catalog Form & Function Interest Group

Recent Trends in Catalog Architecture
2010 ALA Mid-winter Meeting

January 16, 2010

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PDF versions of the presentation slides are included below.

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To Fix A Leaky Sink: Envisioning The Potential of Discovery Layers
Joshua P. Barton & Lucas Wing Kau Mak, Michigan State University

Abstract: Michigan State University Libraries was an early development partner and implementation site of Encore from Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Our local catalog has been maintained in parallel with Encore. Up to and since our Encore implementation we have taken the "kitchen sink" approach to the local catalog: we have included as much of our owned and licensed content as possible. This presentation will examine how the continuing development of "discovery layers" like Encore could allow libraries to reassess the role and scope of the local catalog, contingent on how the technology is applied. We will compare the potential of using discovery layers for searching across aggregated metadata to that of using federated searching. In addition, we will discuss the hopes we have for discovery layers and the benefits and efficiency that we expect they could yield in the facilitation of access to owned and licensed library resources.

LENS: Catalog Records and Additional Data Sources in the Aquabrowser Implementation at the University of Chicago
Frances McNamara, University of Chicago

Abstract: The Aquabrowser system has allowed mixing of Catalog 5.7 million MARC records: Hathi Trust 238K MARC records; e-Resources from SFX and Metalib 73K records; Archival Photofiles via OAI harvesting from a local digital library system of 8K records; Library Website via spidering of the library web site to add 4K records; American Environmental Photofiles via OAI harvesting from a local digital library system 4K records; Archives and Manuscript Finding Aids from a local EAD system 1K records plus First American West 731 records. In addition, LC authority file records and records from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography have been added.  

Issues in workflow, synchronization and benefits will be discussed.

Automated Metadata Repurposing Using eXtensible Catalog Software
Jennifer Bowen, University of Rochester River Campus

Abstract: Libraries need an easy, automated way to harvest their ILS and Institutional Repository metadata and prepare it for reuse in a variety of discovery interfaces and applications.  Using open-source software developed for the eXtensible Catalog, libraries can automate the harvesting of metadata from their existing systems, clean it up (normalize it), transform it from one schema to another, aggregate metadata from multiple repositories, and make the resulting metadata available for harvesting by other applications.  Through the use of the OAI-PMH protocol, XC software allows libraries to keep their various metadata repositories “in sync” – automatically – by tracking and managing new, updated, and deleted records between data stores.  This presentation will include a live demonstration of the XC Metadata Services Toolkit, which manages the movement of metadata between systems, and describe its potential uses.

Equality of Retrieval: Leveling the Metadata Playing Field in Big Indexes
Aaron Wood, University of Calgary

Abstract: The University of Calgary's Libraries and Cultural Resources became a beta partner with Serials Solutions’ unified discovery service, Summon, in the spring of 2009. Since then it has worked to include metadata from numerous disparate systems in a single index to drive discovery in a Google-like environment. The University of Calgary has examined how MARC and other metadata schemas are mapped into Summon with an eye to ensuring the maximum possible population of index fields representing facets in addition to adhering to the established standards for cross mapping metadata schemas and indexing. The University of Calgary has investigated existing standards and worked closely with the Summon team to create mappings that reflect how MARC and other metadata can ultimately be used in big indexes. Combined with the normalization or collapsing of metadata records representing the same resource into a single metadata-rich record, fully leveraging MARC and other metadata in big indexes should not only level the metadata playing field but make competition between records a non-issue.

 

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