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<p>'''NCSU North Carolina State University OPAC'''  at http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/catalog/ uses Endeca instead of a library vendor opac. </p>  
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<p>Triangle Research Libraries Endeca-based catalogs: '''Search TRLN''' at http://search.trln.org; '''Duke University''' at http://find.library.duke.edu/?type=books; '''NCSU (North Carolina State University)'''  at http://www.lib.ncsu.edu (case study: http://eprints.rclis.org/7332/); '''North Carolina Central University''' at http://catalog.nccu.edu/; '''University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill''' at http://search.lib.unc.edu/.</p>
  
<p>Informative search results screen features: narrow by lcsh subheadings and types (General works, etc..), link to similar items, the floor of the building where item is located, checkout status, sort search by "most popular" etc...</p>
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<p>Faceted results features: narrow by lcsh subheadings and types (General works, etc..), link to similar items, the floor of the building where item is located, checkout status, sort search by "most popular" etc...</p>
<p>Some things are still powered by the SIRSI backend, like authority search and full display.</p>
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<p>The main disadvantage, and it's a big one, is that information is updated from SIRSI to Endeca daily, so may be up to 24 hours out of date, including circulation status (!)</p>
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<p>'''University of Huddersfield OPAC'''  at http://webcat.hud.ac.uk includes a "people who borrowed this, borrowed that" based on analysis of 10 years of circ data -- e.g. [http://webcat.hud.ac.uk/bib.html?395175 Managing and using MySQL (2nd ed)].</p>
 
<p>'''University of Huddersfield OPAC'''  at http://webcat.hud.ac.uk includes a "people who borrowed this, borrowed that" based on analysis of 10 years of circ data -- e.g. [http://webcat.hud.ac.uk/bib.html?395175 Managing and using MySQL (2nd ed)].</p>

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[edit] Success Stories

Triangle Research Libraries Endeca-based catalogs: Search TRLN at http://search.trln.org; Duke University at http://find.library.duke.edu/?type=books; NCSU (North Carolina State University) at http://www.lib.ncsu.edu (case study: http://eprints.rclis.org/7332/); North Carolina Central University at http://catalog.nccu.edu/; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at http://search.lib.unc.edu/.

Faceted results features: narrow by lcsh subheadings and types (General works, etc..), link to similar items, the floor of the building where item is located, checkout status, sort search by "most popular" etc...

University of Huddersfield OPAC at http://webcat.hud.ac.uk includes a "people who borrowed this, borrowed that" based on analysis of 10 years of circ data -- e.g. Managing and using MySQL (2nd ed).

February 2009 issue of Computers in Library has an article called Creating Open Source Conversation about Darien Library's website, which integrates the ILS with the website very nicely using Drupal and SOPAC 2.0. full article: here

The article From OPAC to CMS: Drupal as an extensible library platform discussed here documents how a library used Drupal and its Millennium Integration module to build a discovery layer for a particular collection and user group.

[edit] OPAC Vendors We Like

If you would like to recommend a vendor, please sign your name to the recommendation so that we know it's not from a vendor. An explanation of why you like this vendor would be great too!

Check out Bibliocommons, a social discovery layer OPAC. Excellent features, great search relevancy ranking!

I haven't used Aquabrowser first hand, but it's worth looking into. It's a user interface that sits on top of an existing library catalog. Users search the online catalog and get results in visual form (a "word cloud"). If you've used Kartoo, you'll see a similarity. The results show associations, including shades of meaning and related spellings. Ellie

[edit] OPAC Layers

There are many products that can enhance your OPAC. Here is a list of them. Please add to this list if you know of any:

[edit] Blogs/Websites to Watch

Panlibus [1]

Lorcan Dempsey - [2]

[edit] Specific Blog Posts/Articles to Check out

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