Using Endeca for a Catalog Interface. “So, yeah, the catalog sucks, but what are you going to do about it?”. Andrew K. Pace Head, Information Technology NCSU Libraries [email protected] “OPAC Complainers”.
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“There is certainly no dearth of OPAC complainers. You have Andrew Pace (OPACs suck), and Roy Tennant (You Can’t Put Lipstick on a Pig) writing and presenting about the need for change (more simplicity) in the OPAC world. I can appreciate their arguments for a simpler OPAC (not to mention the rest of the system) but other then present their arguments, neither has much in the way of suggestions nor have they sparked a movement among librarians or the automation vendors to do anything about the situation.”
-ACRL Blog entry
True Browsing (LC)
“Did you mean…”
Unicorn / Web2
Last-in / First-out
Authority index links
NoPursuit of Features
First version of results page wireframe (~8 total iterations).
Ideas drawn from Web2, RedLightGreen, Amazon, etc.
Attempt to aggregate holdings information by call number. Particularly confusing for online resources.
8th (and Final) Revision:
Aggregate holdings information by library.
9. Availability holdings.
10. Library of Congress Classification
Single aggregate record represents 73 actual records — different editions of Iliad with Homer as author
Click on ‘See all editions’ to view individual publication and holdings information for each aggregated result.
“This is absolutely the coolest thing I've seen all century.”
“Also, I'm really digging the new NCSU library catalog. Very nice."
- Educause staff (non-librarian)
“The new Endeca system is incredible. It would be difficult to exaggerate how much better it is than our old online card catalog (and therefore that of most other universities). I've found myself searching the catalog just for fun, whereas before it was a chore to find what I needed.”
- NCSU Undergrad, Statistics