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Ein neuer OCLC-Report zu Online-Katalogen ist erschienen: „Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want“:

In 2008, OCLC conducted focus groups, administered a pop-up survey on WorldCat.org—OCLC’s freely available end user interface on the Web—and conducted a Web-based survey of librarians worldwide.

Die Highlights des Artikels werden in den OCLC Abstracts (Vol. 12, No. 15) vorgestellt:

  • The end user’s experience of the delivery of wanted items is as important, if not more important, than his or her discovery experience.
  • End users rely on and expect enhanced content including summaries/abstracts and tables of contents.
  • An advanced search option (supporting fielded searching) and facets help end users refine searches, navigate, browse and manage large result sets.
  • Important differences exist between the catalog data quality priorities of end users and those who work in libraries.
  • Librarians and library staff, like end users, approach catalogs and catalog data purposefully. End users generally want to find and obtain needed information; librarians and library staff generally have work responsibilities to carry out. The work roles of librarians and staff influence their data quality preferences.
  • Librarians’ choice of data quality enhancements reflects their understanding of the importance of accurate, structured data in the catalog.

Ich bin gespannt auf die Lektüre des Reports…

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