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Wednesday, March 18 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Lessons Learned in Building a Catalog from Scratch

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How hard can it be to design three Web pages? A lot harder than anyone could have anticipated. Is a “start over” button necessary? If everyone wants a “Google-like” search, why do people keep asking for more options? And how do you meet the needs of so many different search methods? Get some lessons learned about catalog design from the Hennepin County Library, who recently created a catalog from nothing. Find out how they handled some of these questions, found the right words and placement for features, and got a catalog design up and running (including an “All” search with features from dropping in an ISBN or other identifier, to calculating title popularity with its “best match” default sort). Specific topics will include new search workflow, making a very useful single search box, the never-quite-right add to list tool, what data is really useful on search results, what limiting options are most important, and more.

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Amy Drayer

Senior IT Specialist, Hennepin County Library
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Phil Feilmeyer

System Integration, Hennepin County Library
I manage and administer Hennepin County Library's Integrated Library System and develop ILS-related applications.

Wednesday March 18, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm CDT
Neill Hall 226

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