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Scholarly Output Assessment Activities, SPEC Kit 346

Posted in ARL Libraries, OPACs/Discovery Systems, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on May 6th, 2015

ARL has released Scholarly Output Assessment Activities, SPEC Kit 346 .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This SPEC Kit explores current ARL member library activities that help authors manage their scholarly identities, provide options for creating and disseminating scholarly outputs, offer strategies to enhance discoverability of scholarly outputs, help authors efficiently track scholarly outputs and impact, provide resources and tools to help authors assess their scholarly impact, create publication reports and social network maps for reporting purposes, and offer guidance and training on new trends and tools for reporting of impact. This study covers library assessment services and resources, training, staffing models, partnerships with the parent institution, marketing and publicity, and future trends.

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    The Future of Library Resource Discovery

    Posted in Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web, OPACs/Discovery Systems, Reports and White Papers on February 24th, 2015

    NISO has released The Future of Library Resource Discovery.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    The white paper was commissioned by NISO's Discovery to Delivery (D2D) Topic Committee as part of its ongoing examination of areas in the discovery landscape that the information community could potentially standardize. Included in the paper is an overview of the current discovery environment; descriptions of how these technologies, methodologies, and products may be able to adapt to potential future change; and a look beyond current models of discovery to explore possible alternatives, especially those related to linked data.

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      Discovery Services: A White Paper for the Texas State Library & Archives Commission

      Posted in Electronic Resources, OPACs/Discovery Systems, Reports and White Papers on November 20th, 2014

      The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has released Discovery Services: A White Paper for the Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Discussions among libraries that have recently implemented discovery services are likely to result in agreement that implementation was challenging. However, once implemented, librarians are generally happy with their decisions to offer discovery services to their patrons. Based on librarian experiences of both the challenges and rewards of implementing a discovery service, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) contracted with Amigos Library Services to write a white paper that would include basic information concerning discovery services, as well as an overview of the major discovery vendors.

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        Open Source OPAC: Blacklight 2.5 Released

        Posted in OPACs/Discovery Systems, Open Source Software on May 24th, 2010

        Blacklight 2.5 has been released.

        Here's the announcement:

        Here's an excerpt from the FAQ that describes Blacklight:

        Blacklight is an open source OPAC (online public access catalog). That means libraries (or anyone else) can use it to allow people to search and browse their collections online. Blacklight uses Solr to index and search, and it has a highly configurable Ruby on Rails front-end. Currently, Blacklight can index, search, and provide faceted browsing for MaRC records and several kinds of XML documents, including TEI, EAD, and GDMS. Blacklight was developed at the University of Virginia Library and is made public under an Apache 2.0 license.

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          Online Catalogue and Repository Interoperability Study (OCRIS): Final Report

          Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, OPACs/Discovery Systems on November 15th, 2009

          JISC has released the Online Catalogue and Repository Interoperability Study (OCRIS): Final Report.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The aims and objectives of OCRIS were to:

          • Survey the extent to which repository content is in scope for institutional library OPACs, and the extent to which it is already recorded there;
          • Examine the interoperability of OPAC and repository software for the exchange of metadata and other information;
          • List the various services to institutional managers, researchers, teachers and learners offered respectively by OPACs and repositories;
          • Identify the potential for improvements in the links (e.g. using link resolver technology) from repositories and/or OPACs to other institutional services, such as finance or research administration;
          • Make recommendations for the development of possible further links between library OPACs and institutional repositories, identifying the benefits to relevant stakeholder groups.
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            XC User Research Preliminary Report

            Posted in Federated Searching, Google and Other Search Engines, OPACs/Discovery Systems on June 17th, 2009

            Nancy Fried Foster has self-archived XC User Research Preliminary Report in UR Research.

            Here's the abstract:

            This report summarizes the objectives, methods, and major software design findings from the data collected in the user research portion of the eXtensible Catalog (XC) project. A full analysis and interpretation of the data is not included here and will be provided at the conclusion of the project. This report includes edited results from the brainstorming sessions and a list of the features that emerged from the analysis of those results.

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              Open Source OPAC: Blacklight 2.1 Release

              Posted in OPACs/Discovery Systems, Open Source Software on May 7th, 2009

              The Blacklight 2.1 Release is now available.

              Here's an excerpt from the Blacklight Frequently Asked Questions:

              Blacklight is an open source OPAC (online public access catalog). That means libraries (or anyone else) can use it to allow people to search and browse their collections online. Blacklight uses Solr to index and search, and it has a highly configurable Ruby on Rails front-end. Currently, Blacklight can index, search, and provide faceted browsing for MARC records and several kinds of XML documents, including TEI, EAD, and GDMS. Blacklight was developed at the University of Virginia Library and is made public under an Apache 2.0 license.

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                OCLC Releases Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want

                Posted in OCLC, OPACs/Discovery Systems on April 22nd, 2009

                OCLC has released Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want.

                Here's an excerpt from the Executive Summary:

                • The end user's experience of the delivery of wanted items is as important, if not more important, than his or her discovery experience.
                • End users rely on and expect enhanced content including summaries/abstracts and tables of contents.
                • An advanced search option (supporting fielded searching) and facets help end users refine searches, navigate, browse and manage large result sets.
                • Important differences exist between the catalog data quality priorities of end users and those who work in libraries.
                • Librarians and library staff, like end users, approach catalogs and catalog data purposefully. End users generally want to find and obtain needed information; librarians and library staff generally have work responsibilities to carry out. The work roles of librarians and staff influence their data quality preferences.
                • Librarians' choice of data quality enhancements reflects their understanding of the importance of accurate, structured data in the catalog.
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                  eXtensible Catalog Webcast Released

                  Posted in Digital Libraries, OPACs/Discovery Systems, Open Source Software on March 5th, 2009

                  The eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project has released a six-part webcast that describes the software, which is expected to be released by the end of the month.

                  Here's an excerpt from the project home page that describes it:

                  The eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project is working to design and develop a set of open-source applications that will provide libraries with an alternative way to reveal their collections to library users. XC will provide easy access to all resources (both digital and physical collections) across a variety of databases, metadata schemas and standards, and will enable library content to be revealed through other services that libraries may already be using, such as content management systems and learning management systems. XC will also make library collections more web-accessible by revealing them through web search engines.

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                    Now Available: Scriblio 2.7, CMS/OPAC WordPress Plugin

                    Posted in OPACs/Discovery Systems, Open Source Software, Social Media/Web 2.0 on February 25th, 2009

                    Scriblio 2.7 has been released.

                    Here's an excerpt from "Scriblio 2.7 Released":

                    Scriblio is an open source WordPress plugin that adds the ability to search, browse, and create structured data to the popular blog/content management platform. And WordPress adds great ease of use, permalinks, comments/trackbacks/pingbacks, and other social and web-centric features to that structured data. But that’s not news. The news is that Scriblio now has an internal data model that supports much more sophisticated uses. . . Whereas previous versions of Scriblio were mostly just display and social interaction interfaces to data that’s created or managed elsewhere, this new version supports soup to nuts creation and management of collections.

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                      Status Report on UC’s Next Generation Melvyl Pilot Based on WorldCat Local

                      Posted in OCLC, OPACs/Discovery Systems, Research Libraries on December 11th, 2008

                      The California Digital Library has released Next Generation Melvyl Pilot: Update to the University Librarians, November 20, 2008, which describes the progress made in testing OCLC's WorldCat Local as a replacement for the existing Melvyl Catalog.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      In the six months that the Next Generation Melvyl Pilot has been live, we have gathered information on the user experience, identified the strengths and remaining challenges of the system, and compared the pilot with UC’s goals as outlined in the 2005 Bibliographic Services Task Force (BSTF) Report. Users value the breadth of the service, the integration of journal articles, and the ease of use. Users find challenging the lack of Request integration, difficulties in emailing and printing, and problems in accessing materials, all of which are on OCLC’s roadmap for improvements in the coming year. The pilot is meeting many of the goals outlined in the BSTF report and OCLC has demonstrated the ability to make rapid improvements to the system.

                      Based on these data, we believe that the pilot shows sufficient promise that we should transition the project into a pre-production phase, in which both UC and OCLC will engage in the planning and preparation needed to position us for going to production in mid-2009 if we continue to see successful progress.

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                        Next Generation Academic Library System Symposium Presentations

                        Posted in ILS, OPACs/Discovery Systems, Open Source Software on April 11th, 2008

                        Presentations from VALE’s Next Generation Academic Library System Symposium are now available.

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