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Trends in ngc’s August 21, 2007

Posted by Mia in Frontiers, OCLC Worldcat.
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The everyday information space is increasing geometrically in size and complexity. Attempts to orient and simplify the interaction have to be welcomed and encouraged. Even a cursory understanding of those seemingly simple search boxes must acknowledge that retrieval algorithms are at work under the surface. With all the extra noise, more capabilities are also being offered to personalize the experience (reading history, reviews, tags, etc.)

Trending towards next generation catalogues:

OCLC Worldcat Now also integrating article level citations at the query level; showing Cite this links; Make lists (personal history), etc.

Aquabrowser live at Queens (and U Chicago’s Regenstein Library proof-of-concept-demo)

III’s Encore running in beta at Yale University Lillian Goldman Law Library.

Some Opensource initiatives:

  1. Liblime – Koha in academic libraries
  2. OpenLibrary – great book reader. And here is the Openlibrary demo site.
  3. VuFinds’s goal is to “search and browse through all of your library’s resources by replacing the traditional OPAC to include: Locally Cached Journals; Digital Library Items; Institutional Repository; Institutional Bibliography; Other Library Collections and Resources.

It’s a brand new day!

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