Catalogerís Desktop-the Library of Congressís integrated, online documentation service with the most important cataloging and metadata resources-is now undergoing major modernization. The result will be "Desktop 3.0": a significantly enhanced bibliographic web-based toolbox targeted for release to subscribers mid-year 2009.
Desktop 3.0 will operate with FAST Search & Transferís ESP platform, which greatly expands the types of searching and information discovery techniques used by the product. For more details about FAST Search & Transferís ESP platform, visit http://www.fastsearch.com/l3a.aspx?m=1031. InfoSolutions, the Crestview Hills, Kentucky web product developer, is working with LC staff on this project. InfoSolutions has maintained the current Catalogerís Desktop product for the past 5 years and they will collaborate on the development and implementation of FAST ESP for the Catalogerís Desktop 3.0 product.
Updated quarterly by the Library of Congressís Cataloging Distribution Service, and available to users 24-7, Catalogerís Desktop provides access to more than 270 electronic manuals, cataloging and classification standards, procedures, and metadata resources. Desktop 3.0 will add more new operational enhancements to the service than at any time in the past.
Desktop 3.0 will incorporate the most up-to-date searching and navigation capabilities, including: fuzzy matching, finding/excluding similar resources, dynamic drill-downs, contextual analysis, search relevancy, remembering search histories, query federation, searching across Desktopís content and a userís own PC content as well, and a search engine that can adapt to a userís search behavior.
New work environment and interface enhancements will include a
subscriber- customizable interface, intuitive resource organization, visual clues and icons to help users conceptualize the nature of a resource and see how it interrelates with other resources, RSS feeds from the Library of Congress and other sources, easy linking or incorporating Desktop to subscribersí cataloging applications, drag-and-drop shortcuts, pages built on-the-fly based on result sets, and automatic alerts to changes in Desktopís resources.
Data enhancements will include searching of approximately 30 database resources (such as LCís Online Cataloging and Authorities service) currently linked to Desktop. This will enable users to execute a single search that will query Desktopís content as well as the content in all of the database resources. Also, RSS feeds will be included for both resources incorporated in the product and those only cited.
"As search and navigation technologies rapidly evolve," said Bruce Johnson, Catalogerís Desktop product manager, "it is essential that Catalogerís Desktop take advantage of these new capabilities. Desktop 3.0 will put subscribers in the driverís seat." In coming months, the Catalogerís Desktop 3.0 Development Team will ask for testers, although it is too early now to take volunteers. Direct questions to Bruce Johnson at email@example.com.
For more information on this project, visit www.loc.gov/cds/notices/desktop09.pdf . A free trial of Catalogerís Desktop is available by visiting www.loc.gov/cds/desktop