Friday, July 18, 2008

Introduction

Hi all, my name is Jennifer Ward and I'm from the other UW - the University of Washington in Seattle. My official title at the UW Libraries is Head of Web Services, but like most of us I wear many different hats. Probably most relevant in the context of WiLS is that I am a member of our WorldCat Local pilot/implementation team, manage the Libraries' usability program, and am always on the lookout for ways to seamlessly integrate relevant library content and resources into the user's environment.

We were the first site to go live with WorldCat Local back in April of 2007. It's been a very positive experience for our users -- they no longer have to look in and navigate all of our discrete silos to find and get to resources. Of course, there's still a long way to go with working at the network level and making access truly seamless for our users, but the possibilities there are hugely exciting.

1 comment:

Mark Beatty said...

Jennifer, I noticed the most recent issue of OCLC "Next Space" has several articles on the U-Dub WC local and how the UI changed based on users feedback etc. Do you think there's still work to be done there? and if so what and where? as in what's the dream UI?