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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.
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    Monday, January 23, 2006

    OPACs that let users opine! OPACi

    Panlibus just reported on a presentation from ALAMidwinter on OPACs for Web 2.0.

    It seems to me that the very least a modern OPAC should be is interactive (OPACi ??) allowing users to add content linked to the main item record. Users could - in a cross between folksonomies and Technorati - add their own tags. A tag cloud could function to pull in other resources from local libraries. Some tags that could be added might relate to the course, the year or the assignment for which the item was used, and which sections of the book were most useful. Possibly their login could allow the first of these to be added automatically. Users could also be encouraged to add a degree of satisfaction.

    This would all allow users a richer searching experience, but could also allow useful feedback on the value of items (useful for collection managers as well as fellow students), or a search on only those items ranked above 'good', etc.

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