- link to presentation in program...on IUG site...will be updated next week (TODO add link)
- previously worked at III, working on the opac
- lots of change recently in opac philosophy / ideas...wanted to keep tabs on
- why John thinks things are changing...history:
- card catalogue...digitized card cat...same info / indexes / purpose
- responsibilities for webpac / card cat similar: help people use it easily
- anxiety of freedom!
- tons of design choices with webpacPRO..."paradox of choice" book (check it out)...more choices = less satisfaction with your choice...you wonder about the other options you didn't choose
- libs also social environment -- group process to decide how it's going to look...personal opinions...conflict w/in library
- "opac sucks" meme...(to do, check out opac sucks YouTube video!)
- look at annoyedlibrarian's take on opac sucks
- David Walker's "OPAC sucks" demo (link in handout)
- specific complaints:
- it's not as good as the old card cat!
- digital immigrant
- lack of context (esp if searching from home)
- less access to experts (ie libs)
- interface manages expectations...if it looks hard, probably will be and you'll need help
- "deceptively non-intimidating user interface"
- it's not as good as amazoogle!
- relevancy ranking ineffective
- too many complex search options
- poor integration with online virtual collection
- no suggestions / recommendations
- lacks user-generated content
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
What should we do with our WebPAC? Can we make it relevant in a 2.0 World?
John Wenzler, Electronic Resources Coordinator, San Fransisco State University
Posted by Library Detective at 9:36 pm