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NCSU North Carolina State University OPAC at http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/catalog/ uses Endeca instead of a library vendor opac.

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...

Some things are still powered by the SIRSI backend, like authority search and full display.

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disadvantage, and it's a big one, is that information is updated from SIRSI to Endeca daily, so may be up to 24 hours out of date, including circulation status (!)

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).

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!

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

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:

Blogs/Websites to Watch

Panlibus [1]

Lorcan Dempsey - [2]

Specific Blog Posts/Articles to Check out

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