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  • 1. Focus on the User 2.0
    Advocating for Information Literacy
    and Next-GenerationOPAC Enhancements
    Jill Baron
    March 10, 2011

2. Example 1: When the user knows what she wants to find
Title search
for Just Kids (2010)
3. Success!Record located: Just kids
LC Subject Headings
Status Information
4. Example 2: The user is uncertain
Princes Lane Looking South, The Rocks
Glass plate negative
Date: 1880-1923 approximately
Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum, Australia
5. Keyword
search based
on natural language
6. LCSH: American poetry20th centuryHistory and Criticism
7. OPAC 1.0
8. OPAC 1.0
9. Where is our user going to go?
10. Amazon.com
11. Google.com
12. OPAC 1.0
Lee, Russell,, 1903-1986
Shepherd with his horse and dog on Gravelly Range, Madison County, Montana
1942 Aug.
1 transparency : color.
Library of Congress
13. The web of connectivity
14. Library of Congress on Bibliographic Control (2008): Guiding Principles
Collaborative, decentralized, international in scope, and Web-based
In cooperation with the private sector, and with the active collaboration of library users
15. OPAC 2.0: for the library
16. OPAC 2.0: for the user
17. Library Thing for Libraries (LTFL)
Overlay for catalog using Javascript
Pulls data from LT by ISBN
Displays tags, etc. in catalog record
Provides quick and easy folksonomy into the OPAC
Overlap between holdings is typically 46%
18. Item search
Washington University in
St. Louis Libraries
19. Aqua-Browser Catalog Record
Link to
Classic Catalog
Tag Cloud
20. Catalog record
21. Classic Catalog
22. LC Subject Headings for Just Kids
Smith, Patti.
Mapplethorpe, Robert.
Women rock musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Photographers -- United States -- Biography.
Women poets -- 20th century -- Biography.
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Chelsea Hotel -- Biography.
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Musicians -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography.
23. 24. LTFL Tags for Just Kids
1960s1970sAIDSAmerican literatureAndy WarholartartistsautobiographybiobiographyBob DylanBrooklynfriendshiphistorylovememoirmusicmusic historymusiciansNational Book AwardNew YorkNYCphotographypoetrypop culturepunkrelationshipsrockrock_and_rollWarhol
25. User Tagging
Furner (2008)
26. Possible obstacles
Tag Relevancy
Difficult to evaluate benefit or assess use of LTFL in the OPAC
Do users notice tags?
Do users find materials based on tags?
LTFL provides usage statistics, but are these conclusive?
27. Why LTFL promotesinformation literacy
Increased browsing and discovery
Access to reviews, recommendations, summaries
Invitation to participate (via LT)
Searching becomes FUN
Ability to make connections, consider items in a conceptual framework
28. Why LTFL promotesinformation literacy
Empowers users
Makes IRIS a key player in the information search
29. Reference List
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Coyle, K. (2007).The Library Catalog: Some Possible Futures.The Journal of Academic Librarianship 33(3) 414-416.

Mendes, L. et al. (2009).Subjecting the Catalog to Tagging.Library Hi Tech27(1) 30-41.

Furner, J.(2008).User Tagging of Library Resources: Toward a Framework for System Evaluation.International Cataloguing Bibliographic Control 37(3) 47-51.

Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control.(2008).On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control.http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/news/lcwg-ontherecord-jan08-final.pdf (accessed March 8, 2011)
LibraryThingfor Libraries FAQs: http://www.librarything.com/forlibraries/about#What_does_LTFL_cost.3F

Rolla, P. (2009).User Tags versus Subject Headings: Can User-Supplied Data Improve Subject Access to Library Collections?Library Resources & Technical Services 53(3) 174-184.

Westcott, J. (2008). Library Thing for Libraries at Claremont.Library Hi Tech 27(1) 78-81.