The Next Generation Online Public Access Catalog in Academic Libraries
LR. OPAC systems. | LJ. Software. | HM. OPACs.
"Make it more like Google" is a refrain that is often heard by students at academic libraries when asked how library catalogs can be improved. According to the annual Beloit College Mindset list for the class of 2010, the word Google has always been a verb. It is not surprising students today turn to the web when conducting research as it is what they are familiar with and what they know. How can academic libraries handle the challenge of changing user expectations? Can open source software be used to meet this challenge? Can library vendors be convinced that systems need to be changed now? This paper will look at the next generation’s expectations of the academic library online public access catalog and possible solutions.