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Moving Forward: Next Gen Catalog and the new Discovery Tools

Library Media Connection [Nov-Dec 2011]


Copyright (c) 2011 ABC-CLIO

Abstract: This article will explore two solutions that have emerged to address these problems—next-gen catalogs and discovery products. A next-gen catalog provides an intuitive interface designed in accordance with current web standards. It incorporates features such as visually rich displays, virtual shelf browsing, a spell-check function, auto-completion options, and search-term suggestions, as well as social features that encourage patron participation such as tagging, ranking, and reviews. The discovery products are a new type of software—an interface that layers on top of the library management system (LMS) that provides the capability to simultaneously search for materials in the library’s local collection, articles in subscription databases, and digital collections managed locally. These discovery products include the web 2.0 features listed above. Unfortunately, these new products have been developed primarily for college and university libraries, and not for school libraries.

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Publication Year:2011
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Media Connection
Publication Info:Volume 30 Number 3
Issue:Nov-Dec 2011
Place of Publication:Santa Barbara, CA
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Record Number:16414
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Date Created:2012-01-01 10:26:15