Next Generation Catalog Forum

The Next Generation Catalog Forum took place on May 14, 2008 from 2:00-4:00 PM (Central Time) in room 126 of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. You can listen to a audio recording of this event.

This information sharing event was presented by the Library's Next Generation Working Group (a CAPT committee). The program included presentations on the development of next generation user interfaces in general and the work of our own Next Generation Working Group, plus an update on the upcoming OCLC World Cat Local Pilot Project here at the Library.

The Next Generation Working Group is charged with investigating options and making a recommendation for implementing a next generation user interface that layers over existing information systems (e.g., Voyager, CONTENTdm databases) and facilitates improved information discovery and delivery for Library users.

Members of the Next Generation Working Group include: Jenny Emanuel, Bill Mischo, Michael Norman, Peggy Steele, and Lynn Wiley.

One option being explored by the Next Generation Working Group is the OCLC WorldCat Local Pilot Project: Five CARLI libraries (UIUC, UIC, UIS, Northeastern Illinois University Library, Illinois State Library) are working with OCLC and CARLI to bring up a pilot implementation of WorldCat Local in the spring of 2008. This is part of a larger pilot coordinated by the Lincoln Trails Library System that includes several Illinois public and high school libraries in addition to the five CARLI libraries.

Merinda Hensley, Robert Slater, and Greg Youngen are assisting the Next Generation Working Group with the WorldCat Local Pilot Project at UIUC.

The Next Generation Working Group would like to thank the Graduate School of Library and Information Science for their support of this event, including the use of their conference room, as well as the technical assitance provided by Matthew Beth to set up audio streaming, archiving, and a chat room for this forum.

Audio recording of the forum

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-- Direct link to this RealPlayer recording of this forum

Powerpoints, handouts, and other ephemera from the forum