Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Breakout sessions with speakers

Patti Martin:
Specific responses to WorldCat Local features:
  • WCL sets
  • facets set by OCLC, let people choose
  • Large results sets
  • Overall WCL/OCLC database
  • Multiple copy requests will not be in initial Request launch
Pilot label - people resistant to using, teaching
Michale Athern OCLC - quote that WorldCat interface going away
  • a gradual development are future
Amazon ads - pros and cons
Librarians - concerned; no other group concerned

Helpful to Amazon review, scholarly

Conference proceedings focus
  • Limit by publisher
  • Design limits
  • New name for Melvyl?
Going out to other databases - journal/scholarly sources
Customizable interface

Martha Hruska:
Didn't get into details about technical services for non-tech services librarians.

Shared cataloging issues at UCSD
Cataloging monographs in the social sciences, with some electronic resources. Work with non-Roman language original catalogers

Questions about collaborative acquisitions. Discussions with CDC
Collecting in areas where the local campus has language ability or expertise

"Commonly held" collections - materials where languages or subjects are on several campuses
Domestic UC press, Canadian UC press titles

The conversation about collections has been going on for years, but the technology and motivation has changed.

Inventories of campus expertise levels for languages, technical experience

Non-catalogers spending time with catalogers to be work in areas outside of job positions.

Challenges with stakeholders, including people currently doing the work, to promote buy-in with projects. Changes with department culture to look to "larger world view to make changes.

Is attention being paid to other formats, such as online newspapers that may not be archiving themselves?

Survey of Shelf-ready resources on campuses and where costs fall. CDC collaborations of collaborative purchases as groups.

Anectdotal experiences with commercial services (Amazon) for the common needs, with the unusual to be handled by all campuses.

User needs may be overly simplistic - without teaching people about other ways to approach the options or expertise in locating or working with materials.

Scalability of operations to campuses, with Technical Services, Public Services, and administrative functions at campus levels
Calhoun: Recommends sending email to Andrew Pace. Looking at issues of have processes would be addressed in large implementations.
Example: How many circulation transactions if you captured 5% of all circulatiosn worldwide.

Some similar with Hruska and others difference.

Question: Talk about HOTS survey of language and format expertise among catalogers, can the same be used to leverage bibliographers expertise across campuses?
Dooley: Not yet talked about in HOTS but may be of interest.

Question: Is NGTS a smokescreen that campuses are broke and concern about being able to afford.
Dooley: Seeing if there are efficiencies to highlight unique, hidden materials within UC system that are not found elsewhere.

Question: Composition of task groups. Would there be public services, other groups.
Dooley: They will be there but don't have a timeline to be involved.

Observation. Doing surveys of expertise but then to do something with the expertise. methods of cooperation where expertise can be used.

Question: Cooperative approval plans. The whole UC finance climate that makes campus interaction to move money between them in an inhibitor. This needs to be addressed.

Comment: Human factors that will have influence on people and how they do their jobs. People doing the work will need to have their buy-in.

A theme of other groups - when talking about user needs, you need to use a nuiansed approach.
Different users with different needs.
Referral to the study on user needs - things that were common among the users but also how they differ

Spent time talking about records with non-Roman scripts - Chinese. Loading of records from Taiwan, Hong Kong making a mess in the database. Seeking records with content from East Asia but noting the work within record fields to make the records usable over time.

Intrigued by vast cloud tags in displays in the research display slides.
Diane Bison-Getts (OCLC)
Where do the tags come from, are they more than user submitted tags, or researcher contributed tags.
If a social environment created to allow/encourage people to submit tagging.

Record sets - helping libraries to acquire these data sets

How can WorldCat Local and point to more electronic resources beyond article metadata. British Library is a huge source of article metadata and FirstSearch. Plans for fiscal year 2010 for metadata for e-resource aggregation. Agreement with Ebsco to expose metadata (not full text) to OCLC.
'Expose your metadata, then more people will use your material."

Talked about subject in all sessions.
What will catalogers do if records are included in collection aggregations? Redeploying labor to enhance hidden collections.

Hidden collections. How can user contributed metadata be verified?
Selling faculty that the metadata is accurate. Will faculty question the metadata?

How much description of collection is enough for special collections? Who should supply the metadata? Is it better undescribed in the value or have something that is incomplete?

Use of Dewey in non-English worldwide. Dewey translated into 32 languages and descriptions. In U.S. seen as a second class structure but in UK, research on using Dewey numbers and captions can be used for non-English collections. Mapping to concepts within other languages, then used to group back to groups with different languages.

Making the materials already cataloged affordable for the world users.

Question: Is placement of Next Generation Melvyl on webpage influence use? How do statistics reflect the placement?

Question: Next Generation Melvyl slower to display holdings, similar to Google interface, breaks the rules of traditional online catalogs by including article records.

Question: NGM users are coming back to NGM. Either the same people are returning or the non-returning users are being replaced with new users.

Comment of web-optimization and clickstream analysis. Study of patterns of clickstreams, where data comes to library sites and then goes. What strikes is there are a lot of click-throughs from Google. Knowing that information for Melvyl that buries details - using Amature (analysis tool) about how the clickstreams are working. 80% traffic from other websites - only 12% from original website such as bookmarks or direct links.

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