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OPAC Review. Catalog functions Inventory and control Locating known items Discovery tool. Catalog as Discovery Tool. Criticisms Amazon Google GoogleZon for libraries Aquabrowser Library Thing Scriblio (WPopac) WorldCat Local III Encore. Aquabrowser.

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OPAC Review

Catalog functions

  • Inventory and control

  • Locating known items

  • Discovery tool

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Catalog as Discovery Tool

  • Criticisms

  • Amazon

  • Google

  • GoogleZon for libraries

    • Aquabrowser

    • Library Thing

    • Scriblio (WPopac)

    • WorldCat Local

    • III Encore

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  • Black Gold Cooperative Library System (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties)

  • http://bgaqua.blackgold.org/

  • Visual Search

  • Faceted Browse

  • Spell Check

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Library Thing

  • Recommendations

  • Tags

  • Ratings

  • Find similar titles

  • Los Gatos Public Library

  • http://www.losgatosca.gov/index.asp?NID=42

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  • Comments

  • RSS

  • Plymouth State University (NH)

  • http://www.plymouth.edu/library/read/223702

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WorldCat Local

  • Peninsula Library System

  • http://plsinfo.worldcat.org/

  • Google box

  • Relevance Ranking

  • Faceted Browse

  • FRBR

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III Encore

  • Scottsdale Public Library (AZ)

  • http://encore.scottsdaleaz.gov/iii/encore/app

  • Google-like box

  • Faceted Browse

  • Tags

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  • Keyword searching – searching databases for words that appear anywhere in record or text

  • Phrase searching – keywords in specific order

  • Field searching – searching in specific indexes such as author, titles etc.

  • Federated searching – searching across multiple databases with a single search

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Federated Searching

  • http://search3.webfeat.org/sfpladvsearch.html

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  • Links from OPAC to licensed resources must allow remote users to authenticate

    • IP recognition – proxy server

    • Referring URL recognition

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More Search Terminology

  • Boolean operators – Logical connectors for keyword searching (AND, OR, NOT)

  • Metadata – data that describes documents, used for online retrieval

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Full-text Searching

  • Does the OPAC allow full-text searching?

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Resource Sharing

  • Check local library

  • Check other branches

  • Check consortium partners if there are any – consortial borrowing

  • Request ILL – interlibrary loan

  • Take advantage of universal borrowing at a nearby library

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Local Library

  • How do you check your local library?

  • Use the OPAC

  • CCSF

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Other Branches

  • How do you check other locations or branches at your library?

  • Use the OPAC

  • How do you get the desired material delivered to your branch?

  • Hold/Request process

  • CCSF

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Consortial Borrowing

  • How do you check consortial partner libraries?

  • In a shared catalog environment such as PLS, use the OPAC and the Request/Hold function.

  • Other systems require another level of searching. Try Link+ from SFPL, an example of Direct Consortial Borrowing

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Interlibrary Loan

  • How do you request an ILL?

  • Some libraries allow online submissions, others require a paper form.

  • http://sfpl.org/librarylocations/main/illbookstop.htm

  • Some libraries use an ILS ILL module

  • Some libraries allow unmediated requests

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Universal Borrowing

  • California has a system of universal borrowing.

  • Participating public libraries get reimbursed by the State for lending to California residents who live in other jurisdictions.

  • How do you find the nearest public library with an item you want?

  • California Libraries Catalog – CalCat: union catalog for California

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Other Terminology

  • Ariel – software for document transmission, faster and clearer than a FAX without the phone call

  • Consortium – an organization of separate libraries that share resourcesor develop joint purchasing agreements

  • Document delivery – delivery of requested documents such as articles or book chapters

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ILL Terms

  • net lenders – large libraries tend to lend more than they borrow

  • net borrowers – smaller libraries tend to borrow more than they lend

  • Other factors

    • Depth of collections

    • ILL policies

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ILL Services

  • OCLC – largest in the US

    • WorldCat - CalCat

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  • Unmediated – saves staff time and delivers self-service for patrons. Parameters can be set to automatically reject specific classes of requests.

  • Mediated – allows more human control; requires more staff time. Requires patron to work through staff.

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Class Web Page

  • http://fog.ccsf.edu/~acosta/56.htm