Ask the Experts - Innovation in Search Box Customization for WorldCat Discovery
On June 9th, OCLC hosted our first “Ask the Experts” panel discussion featuring examples of notable WorldCat Discovery search box Implementations. Participants joined OCLC and a panel of experts from the WorldCat Discovery User Community as we took a tour of library sites to see exactly what a bit of ingenuity could accomplish! The stars of this session were library peers who guided us on a tour of their technical handiwork and offered lessons learned for their successful search box implementation.
On 9 June, OCLC hosted the first in a series of "Ask the Experts" panel discussions. We featured examples of notable WorldCat Discovery search box implementations.
Participants who joined OCLC and a panel of experts from the WorldCat Discovery User Community took a tour of library sites to see exactly what a bit of ingenuity could accomplish! The stars of this session were library peers who guided us on a tour of their technical handiwork and offered lessons learned for their successful search box implementation.
Our Expert Panel Were:
- Janet Brewer from Anderson University Nicholson Library
Janet Brewer is the Library Director at Anderson University’s Nicholson Library in Anderson, Indiana. Anderson is a member of the PALNI (Private Academic Libraries of Indiana) consortium and, through this collaboration, implemented WMS in 2014. Janet is interested in information fluency and the impact librarians and library services have on student engagement and learning. In her spare time, she loves to travel and spend time with her fur-baby, Max.
- Angi Faiks from Macalester College DeWitt Wallace Library
Angi Faiks is Associate Library Director at Macalester College's DeWitt Wallace Library in St. Paul, MN. Angi is interested in actively working towards diversifying our profession, developing technology literacy and training outreach to underserved populations, the advancement of library discovery systems, continuous efficiencies and innovations in libraries, and always working towards being a better manager, colleague, and community partner. Macalester implemented WorldCat Local in 2008, migrated to WMS in June 2014, and moved to Discovery in summer 2015.
- Lauren Magnuson from the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana
Lauren Magnuson is Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian at California State University, Northridge and Development Coordinator at the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana. Her interests include PHP, Python, analytics, and data visualization, as well as promoting open source technology in academic libraries.
- Hunter Mueller from Vancouver School of Theology
Hunter is an IT administrator and sometimes-web-developer at Vancouver School of Theology in British Columbia, Canada. He enjoys working in a technical support environment and looking for ways to innovate in his role.
- Lydia Putnam from Biblical Theological Seminary
Lydia Putnam started her library career at Biblical Theological Seminary as a temporary worker after high school to help pay for college. Over the course of the past 12 years, she has filled pretty much every possible staff position except that of library director. Her current position is Library and Technical Services Manager. In addition to her duties in the library, she works with the school’s IT department on course-building in the LMS and on the redesign of the seminary’s website.
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