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Library seeks feedback to develop new Web-based catalog

November 20, 2008

Pamela McLaughlin
(315) 443-9788

Pamela McLaughlin

Information technology has advanced rapidly since the SUMMIT library catalog was developed. User needs and preferences have also changed as Web tools have become prevalent. To address new needs and expectations, improve functionality and take advantage of new technologies, a Syracuse University Library team is now exploring options and developing specifications for a new interface to the library catalog. The target date for implementation is fall 2009.

A key component in this process is to gather opinions from all facets of the University community-students, faculty, staff-and community users about their experiences with the current system and ideas for features in a new system. To encourage broad-based input, the library will offer multiple methods for participation, including an online feedback form on the library website as well as print forms in campus libraries.

The link to a short feedback form (10 questions) will be available through the end of December. Those who are interested in participating in a face-to-face focus group should contact Nancy Turner at 443-2237 or nbturner@syr.edu. For additional information about the project, contact Terriruth Carrier at 443-8456 or tecarrie@syr.edu.

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