The OCLC WorldCat Local Pilot Project offers participating Illinois libraries a new one-stop search and request option for accessing local, regional and national holdings.
During the Spring and Summer of 2008, usability tests, online surveys, and focus group sessions will be held at participating libraries throughout the state. The testing will help the participating agencies determine the usefulness of WorldCat Local as a search and resource delivery option for library users and staff.
This usability study is part of a 2-year LSTA funded pilot project titled: Developing a Statewide Discovery Toolkit: A 21 st Century Public Access Catalog. The goal of the project is to identify new services that can provide a universal OPAC interface offering access to traditional online catalog resources, the content from other library databases (including local repositories), and links to available full text resources. This project also seeks a service that allows patrons to easily manage fulfillment and delivery options for library resources regardless of physical location.
For more information on the Illinois WorldCat Local project, or to participate in the usability study, please contact:
Laurie Bartolini, Illinois WorldCat Local Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Youngen, Usability Study Coordinator, email@example.com