LibGuides as a next-gen OPAC model

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Michael over at Tame the Web, recently posted about LibGuides; a web 2.0 librarian resource creation tool.  (See the post here.) In his posting, he related work done by Mick Jacobsen (one of his students) as an example of what is possible with LibGuides.  He goes on to compare LibGuides to “NetVibes on steroids,” which is a fair summary for its appearance.  I would contend that whereas LibGuides effectively utilizes the portal based interface, the structure exists more akin to a content management system rather than a news portal.

In my recent involvement  in our library’s move to a next-gen OPAC, I came to see LibGuides as a way to introduce librarians to the “ins and outs” of CMS based OPACs. In an earlier blog post I talked about the features that could make OPACs more useful to users.

Sarah Houghton-Jan also voiced her opinions as to the usefulness of LibGuides in her posting from June 2007.

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