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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
OPAC Review

Catalog functions

  • Inventory and control
  • Locating known items
  • Discovery tool
catalog as discovery tool
Catalog as Discovery Tool
  • Criticisms
  • Amazon
  • Google
  • GoogleZon for libraries
    • Aquabrowser
    • Library Thing
    • Scriblio (WPopac)
    • WorldCat Local
    • III Encore
  • Black Gold Cooperative Library System (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties)
  • http://bgaqua.blackgold.org/
  • Visual Search
  • Faceted Browse
  • Spell Check
library thing
Library Thing
  • Recommendations
  • Tags
  • Ratings
  • Find similar titles
  • Los Gatos Public Library
  • http://www.losgatosca.gov/index.asp?NID=42
  • Comments
  • RSS
  • Plymouth State University (NH)
  • http://www.plymouth.edu/library/read/223702
worldcat local
WorldCat Local
  • Peninsula Library System
  • http://plsinfo.worldcat.org/
  • Google box
  • Relevance Ranking
  • Faceted Browse
  • FRBR
iii encore
III Encore
  • Scottsdale Public Library (AZ)
  • http://encore.scottsdaleaz.gov/iii/encore/app
  • Google-like box
  • Faceted Browse
  • Tags
  • 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
federated searching
Federated Searching
  • http://search3.webfeat.org/sfpladvsearch.html
  • Links from OPAC to licensed resources must allow remote users to authenticate
    • IP recognition – proxy server
    • Referring URL recognition
more search terminology
More Search Terminology
  • Boolean operators – Logical connectors for keyword searching (AND, OR, NOT)
  • Metadata – data that describes documents, used for online retrieval
full text searching
Full-text Searching
  • Does the OPAC allow full-text searching?
resource sharing
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
local library
Local Library
  • How do you check your local library?
  • Use the OPAC
  • CCSF
other branches
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
consortial borrowing
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
interlibrary loan
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
universal borrowing
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
other terminology
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
ill terms
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
ill services
ILL Services
  • OCLC – largest in the US
    • WorldCat - CalCat
  • 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.
class web page
Class Web Page
  • http://fog.ccsf.edu/~acosta/56.htm