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ERIC Number: EJ935727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
How Next-Gen R U? A Review of Academic OPACs in the United States and Canada
Hofmann, Melissa A.; Yang, Sharon Q.
Computers in Libraries, v31 n6 p26-29 Jul-Aug 2011
As a concept, the next-generation catalog (NGC) is not new to librarians, who have been wishing for better OPAC interfaces for their integrated library systems (ILSs). The NGC has been the focus of discussion for more than 5 years now, from the 2006 report of the implementation of Endeca at North Carolina State University, to Marshall Breeding's 2007 issue of "Library Technical Reports" dedicated to the NGC, to Roy Tennant's repeated "lipstick on a pig" criticisms of superficial OPAC improvements. Several research articles have also been published that measured NGC features in online catalogs, but they have been limited in scope. Using the 12 NGC features described in this article, the authors set out to measure on a large scale how individual OPACs measured up on these features. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States