Next-Gen OPACs Program @ UMass

***Next Generation Library Catalogs***

A free program sponsored by the Five College Library Directors
(with support from Simmons College G.S.L.I.S. West)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
1:00 – 4:00pm
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Campus Center Auditorium

Registration required: http://snipurl.com/nextgen

As a library’s key database and the one system with which most users
interact, the online library catalog has been evolving for over 30
years. Software upgrades, enhanced functions and performance
improvements have brought us a long way. In the past two years,
however, catalogs have begun to undergo a change that is more
dramatic. Driven by evolving user expectations and the explosion of
web 2.0 technologies, library databases are on the verge of a paradigm
shift that warrants consideration as a whole new generation of discovery
and delivery tool.

Come and hear more about this “next generation” of library catalogs from
some folks on the front lines:

/*David Lindahl*/ is Director of Digital Library Initiatives for the
River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester. He has extensive
experience in library-related digital research and design projects and
is currently co-principal investigator for the eXtensible Catalog Project.

/*Jennifer Ward*/ is the Head of Web Services for the University of
Washington Libraries and manages the Libraries’ usability program. She
is part of the University’s WorldCat Local implementation team.

/*Anne M. Prestamo*/ is Associate Dean for Collection & Technology
Services at Oklahoma State University Library. Dr. Prestamo’s main area
of interest is with technology for the delivery of library resources and
she has been involved with Oklahoma State’s implementation of AquaBrowser.

*Further program information and some interesting reading available at:
http://www.smith.edu/libraries/staff/fivecoll/nextgen.htm*

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