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June 27, 2007

The Seventh Thing

Next Gen OPAC. I've followed the discussion about this to a certain extent but hadn't done much with it. Having now played with the NCSU catalog enhanced with Endeca, I have a better understanding of what all the hoopla is about. I love it - four clicks to find a book that would have otherwise required paging through about thirty screens of catalog entries.

When I tried to do the same search in MIRLYN, I gave up in frustration. If I hadn't just found the Endeca-enhanced search so easy, I might have stuck with it. Not only was it more time consuming, but the search process itself had so many dead ends that led me to start over that the frustration level was even higher.

Great object lesson in what patrons mean when they dis the online catalog.

Posted by janeblum at June 27, 2007 12:45 PM


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