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1 The Unbundled Option A Public Library Perspective

2 Using Metasearch Software Not Bundled in an ILS Big Question: WHY Needs assessment – More database usage – Break the library model Prepare for future electronic resources End the why don t you look like Amazon

3 Pros Did it our way Freak or not … control can be good Easier to adapt to change in technology Provide for different views – Children s – Other languages – Different libraries

4 Cons Time Requires greater staff resources Problem solving issues

5 Capability Checklist All capabilities of catalog – Place holds (reserves) – Patron information Database naming conventions Ability to eliminate other jargon

6 What it takes to do this successfully Patience Time Staff Cooperation of clientele

7 Integration Issues Circulation functionality Variations of database access Response time Frequent changes in database access

8 User surveys, usability concerns Don t make me think – Steve Krug Usability studies – Technical people – Non-technical people Librarian studies

9 The consortium perspective Different library, different view Circulation functions Holdings issues In library vs out of library

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