Search and discovery is changing rapidly in libraries. Last January the North Carolina State University Libraries overlaid their ILS with an Endeca-powered search interface (here’s their catalog, and here’s their announcement from last January). This caused quite a bit of talk about dis-integrating out library systems and was a key feature in my research into
The Next-Generation Catalog listserv (ngc4lib) has been imagining and planning the catalog of the future. Lately, they’ve started bringing cataloging into the discussion, arguing that catalogs and cataloging, search and metadata, are inseparable. We can’t really overhaul the catalog without at least examining cataloging and MARC to make sure that we create fully exploitable metadata
This last year my library finally designed and implemented a coherent set of material type icons for our catalog. Now they’re up and available under a creative commons license as an open, downloadable icon set. So if you like’m you can have’m. They were designed by a member of our college’s Web Services Group with
Click over to John Blyberg’s post OPACs in the Frying Pan, Vendors in the Fire for an excellent summary of the recent catalog/vendor debate.