Push and Pull of the OPAC
--Draft pages, but please look around ... and I am not a native english speaker/writer so live with it or edit it--
About the chapter
- A brief discussion on what I was thinking when writing the chapter for the book and what has happened since.
Embedding your services
- On the importance of integrating your website with the services that the library provides so that the look and feel when using library services are the same. But also the importance of using the graphical design to present the services in a context and structure that helps the user and how to make library services available outside the library website.
Context sensitive help
- Drawing upon our knowledge of user behaviour and log/data analytics we can predict help and guides for the user in a proper context.
Forward Search and Linking
- The OPAC is no the only tool in the box. By connecting the OPAC to other search services we are putting the library catalogue in wider context and breaking it out of its isolation from other useful resources.
- A feature expected in any up to date search service. You can create your own, and there are many ways to do it.
- Enrich your OPAC with data from other sources, here is how you can pull and use data from Amazon.
- Session data in the URL:s are a huge problem. By creating your own stable links to the OPAC without session data records can become visible on the Internet and users not have to go through the Session expired experience.
- Librarians spend a lot of time coming up with Subject headings and Descriptors. This is a way to present the descriptors in a way that will catch the users attention.
Large result sets
- Mo data, Mo problems! As our databases grow, more books/articles are indexed the number of records retrieved when searching is becoming a problem, especially when we see that the user only looks at the first 30-50 records.. We need tools to drill down large result sets.
User generated data - tags, comments, reviews
- Trust your users to enrich your data and great things will happen.
Federated search - MetaLib
- Working with MetaLib and Federated search integrated into your library website.
SFX A-Z : All journals in one place
- Working with SFX A-Z Journals list integrated into your library website and your printed journals.