The Online Catalogs report presents findings that indicate, among other things, that although library catalogs are often thought of as discovery tools, the catalog’s delivery-related information is just as important to end users.
Some of the statistics contained within the report that I found especially interesting:
Desired Data Quality Enhancements
Which of the following enhancements would you recommend?
Base: Total library survey respondents
Merge duplicate records 52%
Add tables of contents to records 40%
Add summaries to records 28%
Fix typos 27%
Upgrade brief records 25%
Add cover art to results 25%
Make it easier to correct records 25%
Fix MARC coding errors 24%
Add summaries to results 24%
Increase accuracy of library holding information 24%
More records for online resources 22%
Add more formats 22%
More records for non-English materials 21%
More clickable links to online content 18%
Enable more libraries to make corrections 15%
Add excerpts to the records 11%
Add support for multilingual searching/record displays 10%
Greater exposure of holdings on the Web 8%
Do these statistics surprise you?
Our library is in the beta-testing phase of the social catalog software overlay AquaBrowser. This overlay will address many of the issues presented above, but not all.
Also available is a Webinar entitled “Online Catalog: designing with users in mind“