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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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    Wednesday, February 01, 2006

    OPACi - Brave New Catalogue World

    I have no illusion that that this blog is influential (I know how many people read it!) but it is good to see that some of what I think and write is on the right lines! And it certainly seems as if one of my ideas has been taken up and acted upon! About a week ago I picked up something written in Panlibus and made some remarks about the minimum spec for an OPAC in a Library 2.0 world.
    Now - in ALA TechSource - there is a report of prototype OPAC that allows comments, trackbacks and Technorati tags to be added to library records in the same way as they are added to blog entries. (Exactly what I was looking for!) This is because it is built on blogger software and each catalogue entry has its own permanent URL (permalink). Thus each record is indexed by search engines.
    The prototype is from Casey Bisson, who started the debate with his comment that there is a fundamental mistake librarians make: assuming that the OPAC has to be part of the Integrated Library System (ILS). Readers can read more about Casey's prototype at, find his presentation about this great service (.mov format), also screenshots, and follow along via his blog at

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