7 thoughts on “A catalogue in your face”

  1. Yes it would be good to see some numbers. Take the LibX tool for example. I’ve asked the developers and some implementors for numbers on its use by patrons. I can’t find any data. It seems nobody has bothered to put a counter in for monitoring how often it is used. The answer I’ve received is something to the tune of, “It’s for power-users. If only a few patrons use it, it’s worth the effort.”

  2. We’ve built some “counters” into this facebook application so we should be able to produce some good usage numbers over the coming months. I will let you know once we have some data.

  3. I would love to have a “send correction” function in a library catalog. I used to find little errors in the catalog all the time back in the days when I was just a library patron. Sometimes I’d point them out to library staff, but I never really got the feeling that they cared. Of course, a correction tool might not solve that problem–but it would give library staff a way to learn about errors when it was convenient for them to do so, instead of just when a ranting patron came saying, “But you’ve got this book down as being by Maria Flock, not Maria Flook, and no one will ever be able to find it when searching by author!”

  4. We’ve built some “counters” into this facebook application so we should be able to produce some good usage numbers over the coming months. I will let you know once we have some data.

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