Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter and creator and editor of Library Technology Guides (https://librarytechnology.org). He has authored the annual “Library Systems Report” published most recently in American Libraries. He has also edited and authored several books, was formerly the director for innovative technology and research for the Vanderbilt University Library, and regularly teaches workshops and presents internationally at library conferences.
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Today's Web-savvy users often bypass traditional library catalogs for more interactive, tech-friendly interfaces. Help your library stand out within the crowded landscape of information providers with Marshall Breeding's new, highly practical guide to interactive next-generation library catalogs. Learn how to give your users access to a wide selection of print and electronic content with this jargon-free, step-by-step guide. Breeding outlines the important functions and features of next-gen catalogs, briefs you on all of the available commercial and open source software, and helps you select which products are right for your library's next-gen catalog. You'll learn to lay the groundwork for practical implementation, integrate the catalog into your existing technological environment, address a multitude of common implementation issues and concerns, and assess the impact of your catalog so you can demonstrate the change you led. A thorough glossary with definitions for all key terms in included, and Breeding presents the material in a manner that is both accessible to non-technical professionals and useful for systems librarians.
"With his background, Breeding writes with authority on the transformation of the traditional online catalog into a discovery interface ... At 125 pages, the book provides a very useful guide and project outline of discovery interfaces for systems and technology librarians. Library administrators and staff who need an overview on the next generation library catalog will also benefit from Breeding's clear descriptions of this complex subject. The information in this book is applicable to any type of library, whether it is a public, academic, or special library."