Location and Shelf Mapping from OPAC Search Results: With Reference To Wichita State University

Title

Location and Shelf Mapping from OPAC Search Results: With Reference To Wichita State University

Subject

Shelving of library materials; User interfaces (Computer systems); Online library catalogs; Library materials; Academic libraries -- Automation; Online library catalogs; Libraries; Wichita State University. Libraries

Description

Purpose Ð The purpose of this paper is to examine dynamic mapping of holding locations to the animated maps in a library catalog which aims to resolve complex shelving situations, augment the user experience in locating library materials and enrich the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) by integrating external programming into the Integrated Library System (ILS). Design/methodology/approach Ð Dynamic mapping displays animated direction maps for users to locate quickly the items found in the library catalog. The maps are displayed in accordance with various shelving policies. At Wichita State University Libraries, the original bibliographic data are captured from the record results page in the OPAC and transferred to a processing program residing on another server. Instead of transferring ISBN/ISSN (International Standard Book Number/ International Standard Serial Number, as practiced by some libraries) to display the Syndetic cover images, it transfers bibliographic ID and a few other fields from MARC (MAchine?Readable Cataloging) records to a processing program which queries the ILS database for extracting data needed for the dynamic map processing. The dynamic map system consists of three sections: queried data from the ILS database, programming logic, and dynamic maps. Findings Ð Compared to title?level shelving map displays that have been implemented in some libraries, holding level map displays solve the problem of complex shelving situations, such as a title with multiple copies shelved in different locations and/or in different formats. Originality/value Ð This project received very positive feedback from the library community and this paper will provide information to those libraries which are interested in dynamically presenting holding information in their OPAC.

Creator

Li, Hongfei; Deng, Sai

Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Language

English

Type

publication; text; journal article

Identifier

DOI: 10.1108/03074800810857577

Date Available

5/1/2017

Date Issued

3/28/2008

Extent

107-116

Bibliographic Citation

Li, H., & Deng, S. (2008). Location and shelf mapping from OPAC search results: with reference to Wichita State University. New Library World, 109(3), 107-116.

Collection

Citation

Li, Hongfei; Deng, Sai, “Location and Shelf Mapping from OPAC Search Results: With Reference To Wichita State University,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed June 20, 2019, http://ir.cala-web.org/items/show/265.