ALA Annual 2008 report

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Old Records, New Records, New Interfaces
ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Interest Group
Saturday, June 28, 10:30-12:00 a.m.
Marriott Anaheim Platinum Room 6


The first part of the meeting consisted of a Forum, "Old Records, New Records, New Interfaces"; presentations by librarians from three libraries who have recently been involved in implementing "next generation" catalog interfaces:

  • Charley Pennell, Principal Cataloger for Metadata, NC State University Libraries (Endeca) Presentation
  • Mary Charles Lasater, Authorities Librarian, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University (Primo) Presentation
  • Cheryl Gowing, Director, Information Management & Systems, University of Miami (Encore) Presentation


The presentations gave a lot of interesting detail about the available features in each product and the ongoing implementation decisions and changes involved. Pennell talked about the evolution and changes to NCSU'S Endeca implementation, and its expansion to serve the TRLN consortium with "skins" for each institution. Lasater showed how implementing the new interface raised many questions about handling of topic and genre, controlled vs. uncontrolled vocabulary, how faceted browsing should work and what capabilities of the "back end" system can and can't be found in the new. Gowing discussed the capabilities of a recently implemented Encore system, including details of relevance ranking and tag clouds, "soft launch" and user feedback gathering. All talked about cataloging and data cleanup issues. Presentations were followed by a question and answer session.

At the end of the meeting, Charley Pennell was elected Chair and Richard Guajardo, Head, Integrated Library System, University of Houston Libraries, was elected Vice Chair/Chair Elect.

Past chair Laura Akerman volunteered to head the effort to develop a wiki site, and interested members stayed after the meeting to discuss development of a section of descriptions and functional evaluations for MARC record sets, with a goal of having something available before the end of the summer.


--Lake44 04:45, 10 July 2008 (UTC)