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ERIC Number: EJ873177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1941-126X
In Search of a Really "Next Generation" Catalog
Singer, Ross
Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, v20 n3 p139-142 2008
Ever since North Carolina State University Libraries launched their Endeca-based OPAC replacement in the beginning of 2006, the library world has been completely obsessed with ditching their old, tired catalog interfaces (and with good reason) for the greener pastures of more sophisticated indexing, more accurate relevance ranking, dust jackets, and the most coveted feature of all: facets. Despite the fact that Medialab had brought AquaBrowser to the U.S. market nearly a year earlier, NC State set the rules of the game and the target that the rest of the profession was to aim for. Libraries are now starting to see the fruits of their labor as well as a handful of open-source projects making their way into production. Alongside AquaBrowser and Endeca, they now have Innovative Interface's Encore, Ex Libris' Primo, Prism 3 by the author's employer, Talis, and OCLC's Worldcat Local. In the near future, VTLS and SirsiDynix should also be rolling out similar products. If the price tag on any of these offerings is too much for one's library to afford, Villanova University, the University of Virginia, and Plymouth State University all have created comparable functionality in their free and open source projects: VuFind, Blacklight, and Scriblio, respectively. Another alternative is BiblioCommons, by a company with the same name, which adds a rich social network to the library by leveraging user-contributed content, borrowing history and creating personal profiles that then create communities of interest around similar tastes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina