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Event Catalog Form and Function Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 07:07 pm

Disaster Recovery . . . in the OPAC
Rebecca L. Leonhard, Director of Libraries, Leysin American School

Disaster Recovery . . . in the OPAC
Rebecca L. Leonhard, Director of Libraries, Leysin American School

I began working in the libraries at Leysin American School in Switzerland, an international boarding school in the Swiss Alps, about three years ago. I was the first librarian with a library science degree to work there in over four years. Upon doing my first search in the library’s online catalog, I found a disaster. I saw such atrocious things as missing call numbers, incomplete and inaccurate MARC records, bibliographic records shouting at me in all capital letters, no subject headings, and much more. Furthermore, when I looked on the shelves, entire sections were uncataloged, books had handwritten spine labels, items did not match their online bibliographic records, and numerous item barcodes were not found in the OPAC due to a data loss several years before. What to do? Where to begin? Should we just delete all the records and rebuild the OPAC from scratch? This presentation will outline the processes undertaken to improve our OPAC and begin to fix it and the goals motivating the changes. Taking into account the needs of an American secondary school library program serving primarily non-native English speakers and an expatriate English-speaking adult community with families, the libraries began to do some damage control. The problems the libraries faced, such as limited funds and untrained staff with high turnover, will be discussed along with what worked and what did not work over the last three years. This will include the creation of streamlined cataloging policies and procedures and how that was disseminated to library staff, the inventory process, and separating the library database into two in order to serve both campus libraries. Ongoing projects will be highlighted along with what the libraries plan to do in the future to continue to recover from the disaster that was the OPAC.

One Thing Leads to Another
Jana Slay, Head of Technical Services, Troy University
Rachel Hooper, Business Reference Librarian, Troy University

The presenters will discuss how a decision to change Discovery tools from Summon to OCLC Discovery quickly developed into the decision to change the library’s ILS from SirsiDynix Symphony to WorldShare Management Services. The presentation will be a practical, detailed talk from the perspectives of technical services and reference services. The discussion will include reasons why they chose to change systems, the steps involved in switching, some of the challenges that they have encountered, and their end term goals.

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by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 02:44 pm

The meeting will feature two presentations followed by a group discussion.

Andrew Clark, Discovery and Metadata Librarian at Simmons College Library, will discuss his library’s approach to presenting their discovery system as one in a set of tools working along several others such as the catalog and journal A-Z list. He will discuss the decision process used to determine which resources are represented in which discovery tool with the aim of avoiding redundancy, making instruction easier, and optimizing search results for patrons.

The meeting will feature two presentations followed by a group discussion.

Andrew Clark, Discovery and Metadata Librarian at Simmons College Library, will discuss his library’s approach to presenting their discovery system as one in a set of tools working along several others such as the catalog and journal A-Z list. He will discuss the decision process used to determine which resources are represented in which discovery tool with the aim of avoiding redundancy, making instruction easier, and optimizing search results for patrons.

Rachel Hooper, Business and Reference Librarian, and Ruth Elder, Cataloging Librarian, at Troy University will discuss their library’s current process of transitioning from Serials Solutions Summon to WorldCat Discovery. The presentation will be a practical, detailed talk from the perspective of a reference librarian and a cataloger. They will discuss why they chose to change systems, the steps involved in switching, and their end term goals.

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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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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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