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2007
ANNUAL RESEARCH
SYMPOSIUM
New Trends
Pierre Malan
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Director: Client Services
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Some
Some
Some
Some
things
things
things
things
we
we
we
we
know we know
know we don’t know
don’t know we now
don’t know we don’t know
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Pager
41 years
38 years
Telephone
25 years
Cable TV
22 years
Fax Machine
VCR
9 years
Cell phone
9 years
Personal
Computer
7 years
CD-Rom Drive
6 years
Wireless Data
Service
6 years
Netscape
6 months
Google
3 months
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84 000 000 MARC records
of OCLC Worldcat will fit
in 24 Gb
Or
43 copies of SACat can fit
into a 60Gb iPod
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Perceptions of Libraries
and information Resources….
(a study conducted by OCLC during 2005)
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Survey of people 14 to 65 years of age
English speaking countries
3348 respondents
Sample seen to be 95%
http://www.oclc.org/reports/2005perceptions.htm
Reality
In search of the Information
Consumer (Digital Native)
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Social
landscape
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Reality – Where They Start
84%
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Reality – Where They Start
1%
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Reality – What They Use
50%
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Reality – What They Use
30%
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Have you ever started your
search for info on a search
engine and ended up at a
library website?
No – 52%
Library = Value
Yes – 48%
If yes did the library website
fulfill your information
needs?
Yes – 37%
No – 4%
If yes did you use the library
website?
Yes – 41%
No – 7%
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But ….!
(Figures released 14 March 2006 by Online Publishers Association)
• Consumer spending online = $ 2 billion
• 15% increase over previous year
• Entertainment/Lifestyle and Games biggest growth (now ahead of
personals/dating)
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The Public Library Inquiry (1947-50)
“Where would you go to get information
on nutrition?”
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Any Real Change?
The Public Library Inquiry (1947-50)
“Where would you go to get information
on nutrition?”
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62%
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Googlezon effect
 Four perceived user attributes?
– Comprehensive
– Accessible
– Immediate gratification
– ‘Followability’ of data
‘The net generation doesn’t love a wall’
Eric Childress
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“Search engine mindshare”
John Regazzi
Librarians:
– Science Direct
– ISI Web of Science
– MedLine
Scientists:
– Google
– Yahoo
– PubMed
“In a survey for this lecture,
librarians and scientists were
asked to name the top scientific
and medical search resources
that they use or are aware
of. The difference is startling.”
Source: John Regazzi,
The Battle for Mindshare: A battle beyond access and retrieval
http://www.nfais.org/publications/mc_lecture_2004.htm
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Why?
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“Electronic catalogs, wherever you go in the academic
world, have become a horrible crazy-quilt assemblage
of incompatible
interfaces
and vendor-constrained
“I’m to the
point where
I think we’d be better off
listings.
Working
through
[…]our
a relatively
to just
utterly
erase
existingsmall
academic
collection,
you still
to navigate
at least five
catalogs
andhave
forget
about backwardscompletely
different interfaces
for searching.
Historical
compatibility,
lock all the
vendors and
librarians
epochs
of scholars
data collection
and cataloguing
indigestibly
and
together
in a room,lie
and
make them
atop one
another.”
hammer
out electronic research tools that are
Tim Burke,
Swarthmore
Googlezon,
without the intent to sell books but
with the intent of guiding users of all kinds to the
books and articles and materials that they ought
to find, a catalog that is a partner rather than an
obstacle in the making and tracking of
knowledge. ”
Tim Burke, Swarthmore
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Library response to Googlezon
 Facilitate the rendezvous of users and
library services on the web
 Surface the library where the users are
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More than 3,5 million
South African records
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Libraries
16 BILLION books, DVDs, songs….
Rhapsody
735,000 songs
Wal-Mart
39,000 songs*
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
2.3 million books
130,000 books*
Netflix
25,000 DVDs
Blockbuster
3,000 DVDs*
*inventory in a typical store
The Long Tail
—Chris Anderson
December 2004
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Progress to weave libraries into open web
1992 to..
Worldcat
As closed
reference tool
2004
openWorldcat
Worldcat records
Harvested by bigger
search engines
2006
2007
worldcat.org
Worldcat local
Worldcat directly
searchable via the
internet
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Total Worldcat searches
Millions
120
100
80
Open WorldCat
Group Catalog
60
WorldCat on FS
40
20
0
FY03
FY04
FY05
FY06
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Total worldcat.org searches
2005
12,000,000
10,000,000
8,000,000
6,000,000
4,000,000
2,000,000
0
2006
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Clicks to Library services
600000
500000
400000
300000
200000
Oct '06
Sep '06
Aug '06
Jul '06
Jun '06
May '06
Apr '06
Mar '06
Feb '06
0
Jan '06
100000
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openworldcat
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Yahoo – Oasis (Unisa)
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worldcat.org
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Firefox
Google
Yahoo!
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Worldcat local
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Complete view
Other
Regional
availability
local
Library
Customized view
of worldcat.org
per library
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Alignment in Southern African region
 Incorporation of SACat into Worlcat
 Cataloguing moved directly to Worldcat
 Updating on Worldcat of SA library
information
 SACat “scoped” on Worldcat
– National, regional and views
– Links to local catalogs etc.
– Integration with OCLC int ILL
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Some thoughts….
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Online publishing
The ILS ?
The Library Opac ?
Circulation ?
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Thank you !
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