Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Online catalogues: 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.

The Online Catalogues report presents findings from these research efforts in order to understand:

* The metadata elements that are most important to end users in determining if an item will meet his or her needs
* The enhancements end users would like to see made in online library catalogues to assist them in consistently identifying appropriate materials
* The enhancements librarians would recommend for online library catalogues to better assist them in their work

The findings indicate, among other things, that although library catalogues are often thought of as discovery tools, the catalogue's delivery-related information is just as important to end users.

Online Catalogues Full Report

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