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May Two-Part Webinar: The Future of Integrated Library Systems

PART 2: User Interaction

May 18, 2011
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Part 1 of this webinar will be held on May 11th: RDA and Cataloging

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About the Webinar

Both the back-end and the front-end of the traditional Integrated Library System (ILS) are changing and evolving. The back-end is being impacted by the change to RDA cataloging that has only just begun. The front-end is changing through the integration of the ILS with other systems and a web interface layer as well as the interactivity driven by Web 2.0. RDA implementation is expected to drive additional changes to the user-side of the ILS in ways that are still not fully understood. NISO’s two-part May webinar looks at The Future of the ILS from both of these perspectives.

Part 2 of the webinar looks at the future of the ILS from the perspective of the user. Numerous studies have shown that the typical user goes to Google before going to the library’s website. What changes are underway or envisioned that can drive the user back to using the library’s system or better yet make the library’s data work better in the greater web environment. We’re already seeing a Library 2.0 world where many libraries encourage users to add to the bibliographic information supplied by the cataloger. How can we take it even further, going beyond the library system “silo”. And what are the implications of an RDA-driven library catalog on the user interface? What happens in a world where RDA can set data free from the library system to be linked to and mashed-up with other data or applications? Part 2 of this webinar looks at developments that are both underway and envisioned for the future to radically change the way the user interacts with the library’s data.


NISO Webinar: The Future of Integrated Library Systems PART 2: User Interaction from NISO

Todd Carpenter, NISO Managing Director

Designing a Discovery Interface to Address Users’ Needs
Jennifer Bowen, Assistant Dean, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries

The eXtensible Catalog (XC) provides a fully-customizable open source discovery layer that incorporates into its design the findings of user research conducted at four institutions. Using screen shots of an XC demo site, this presentation will relate findings from XC’s user research process to specific aspects of the design and functionality of the XC User Interface, and showcase how the customizability of a discovery interface can enable libraries to meet the needs of different groups of users.

SOPAC 2.1: Digital Strategy for the New Library
John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience, Darien Library

The Social OPAC is an award-winning, open source social discovery platform for library bibliographic data that provides true integration of your library catalog system with the power of the Drupal content management system while allowing users to tag, rate, and review your holdings. User input is then incorporated into the discovery index so that SOPAC becomes a truly community-driven catalog system.

Orbis Cascade Alliance Group Discovery System
Anya N. Arnold, MLIS, Resource Sharing Program Manager, Orbis Cascade Alliance
Allie Flanary, Faculty Librarian, Portland Community College

The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium of 36 academic libraries in in the Pacific Northwest that serves a combined total of roughly 250,000 patrons. The member libraries of Orbis Cascade Alliance are committed to making their combined collections available as a single collection—meaning that any patron can check out materials from any library without limitation. The Alliance provides the Summit union catalog that allows students, faculty, and staff to easily search and request library materials owned by member libraries.

In December 2008 the Orbis Cascade Alliance’s Summit resource sharing system migrated to WorldCat Navigator, a new system composed of a patron discovery platform based on WorldCat, and a new consortial borrowing staff processing system called Navigator Request Engine (NRE). Learn about the new discovery interface and how the Alliance engages its end users, conducts end user studies, and helps library staff and end users to effectively use the discovery system. Hear about the WorldCat User Interface Focus Group that was founded by Orbis Cascade Alliance to make recommendations to OCLC on improvements to the patron and the staff interface.



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Registration for the two-part package closes on May 11, 2011 at noon Eastern. Registration for Part 2 closes on May 18th at noon Eastern.

Registration Costs

Single Webinar:

  • NISO Member
    • $89.00 (US and Canada)
    • $104.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $89.00
  • Non-Member
    • $119.00 (US and Canada)
    • $144.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $49.00

Two-Part Package:

  • NISO Member
    • $134.00 (US and Canada)
    • $156.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $134.00
  • Non-Member
    • $179.00 (US and Canada)
    • $216.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $74.00

Additional Information

  • Registration for Part 2 closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on May 18, 2011. Cancellations made by May 11, 2011 will receive a refund, less a $20 cancellation fee. After that date, there are no refunds.
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  • Webinar presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • Registrants will receive access information to the archived webinar following the event. An e-mail message containing archive access instructions will be sent approximately 48 hours after the event.