Today marks the publication date of my latest book, Next-Gen Library Catalogs co-published by Neal Schuman Publishers, Inc. and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). Itís part of The Tech Set, a series of 10 books each intended as a basic primer for one of the new technologies affecting libraries. In Next-Gen Library Catalogs, I aim to guide readers through this important new genre of interfaces that libraries can adopt to modernize the way that they present their collections and services to their users. The online catalogs delivered as modules of integrated library systems donít necessarily stand up as the best way to explore library collections since they often lead users only to the print inventory and neglect our ever expanding collections of digital content. In a time when our users are acclimated to simple-to-use yet powerful search platforms such as Google and Amazon.com, libraries should not be content to offer arcane online catalogs and a menu of other silos of content. Instead, many libraries now want to offer a more elegant, comprehensive interface that helps our users to discover the full breadth of library collections.
Consistent with the theme of The Tech Set, this book not only introduces the concept of Next-Gen Library Catalogs, but it gives practical information on the products available, their distinguishing characteristics, recent trends in the evolution of the genre, and some of the processes involved in selecting, implementing, supporting and marketing it in your library.
In this fast-moving genre of technology, Iíve done my best to provide a view of the current state of the art and some indication of the direction of the trends. Iím delighted to be able to share the information on this aspect of library technology that I find so interesting and vitally important through this book. Thanks to Elyssa Kroski the Tech Set editor and to Neal-Schuman for providing the opportunity.
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