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April 27, 2007
Northern California Technical Processes Group
!!! FRBR was a natural !!!
Implemented Endeca to enhance searching, browsing, and provide guided navigation.
In addition to searching by traditional means (author, title, etc.), searching in Endeca works by a process of elimination called “guided navigation.” For example searching “Phoenix” will display 11,964 results. Endeca allows users to group the results in similar characteristics like:
topical subject / format / age level / languages / fiction / non-fiction / region / era / author names / etc.
2 click later <book> <labor market> takes the user to Arizona Occupation Employment Forecasts.
Example: Search by subject would not only result in a list of books, but relevant articles from subscription databases.
PPL would control the default, serving up a small subset of results and further enabling the end user to expand the results.
Implementation in planned for FY 2007/08.
b. OCLC Research (Thom Hickey) applied FRBR to these titles
Our current ILS vendor does not support FRBR, nor is it developing anything. So – Phoenix Public Library decided to:
author main entries
Question: How much of the database needs to be FRBRized?
Answer: Of the 800,000 bibliographic records, less than 20% (160,000) need uniform titles. Of those, approx. 12-15,000 will actually be FRBRized = less than 2% of the database.
. Implemented uniform title and author main entry model
. Updating authority files (currently in process)
. Preliminary testing indicates that Endeca’s aggregation functionality can automatically FRBRize the search, resulting in the display of one record with all of the items from the aggregated records based on the search rules the Library applied in Endeca.
. If Endeca hadn’t not worked, what was our plan?
It’s a Work in Progress!
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