2007 Annual Meeting (June 25)

RUSA RSS Catalog Use Committee
ALA Annual Conference, 2007
Committee meeting

Monday, June 25, 2007 - 8 a.m.
Convention Center, room 303

Liane Luckman (chair)
Cathy Brown
Amber Meryman
Laura Zupko
Tiffany Hebb
Pam Morgan
Loisann White
Pamela Harpel-Burke
Teri Oaks Gallaway (intern)
Steve Ostrem

Pat Kanter
Andrew Whitis
Karen Kohn
Joe Mirarchi


There was some discussion of the programs people went to and what they learned, especially how it might relate to our committee and ideas for programs.

We decided on having a discussion forum at Midwinter, and probably having a program at Annual 2009. We hope ideas and a theme will come from the discussion at Midwinter, and we can decide more during our Monday meeting, which will be after the program. We have to tell the RSS Executive group during the Tuesday Executive meeting what we want to do at Annual. We can always change the idea, name, description, etc.

Program ideas

Update the bibliography we did for the Transforming the Catalog program. Work on a blog - not sure of how this would interact with the Next-generation Catalog Interest Group wiki (or blog?) they have going.

Should you have to teach the catalog?

Tech Services and front-line reference

WorldCat as your catalog and/or Union Catalog.

Your non-traditional ILS - evaluate differences

Usability studies of your catalog
Information seeking behavior - there was an interesting Library Research Round Table session on this, but they just talked about the behavior, not what to do with it or how to account for it in your library.

Widgets - catalog in MySpace, Facebok, etc. and Firefox extensions
- pushing out search options, is your catalog accessible to your target populations
- teaching to different age) groups

Subject Headings = tagging -- using different words to describe the library catalog

Ambient findability

When the catalog is not your discovery tool


Pushing information to users – John Blyberg (not the best speaker)

Words to use when describing the catalog

Wiki – next generation catalog

All of these and other suggestions were boiled down to five different topics:

1.) Should you have to teach the catalog? Different words to use when teaching the catalog to different groups
2.) Pushing the catalog out to users - RSS feeds, PDAs, LibX, WorldCat, Google
3.) Tech services and front-line reference - talking to each other; what can we learn from each other
4.) Assessment and Usability - information seeking behavior in different age groups
5.) When you catalog is not the discover tool (is it good, bad, how to do it) - Amazon, LibraryThing, Googlebooks, WorldCat, etc. as discovery tools (similar to #2)

What type of session to have? Panel vs. Discussion Group - decided on a discussion group for Midwinter, with a jigsaw-style moving around to different tables/topics (e.g. modified jigsaw: pick a table, then meet and summarize).

For the whole thing, we need:
- A sign-up sheet with e-mail addresses (indicate if interested in the committee)
- A person to introduce the discussion, explain format
- Contact person for the experts
- Publicity - handouts, listservs, website info

At each table we need:
? expert
? committee member
? list of topics/questions to follow along
? note-taker
? reporter/someone to share with the other tables
? Evaluation Forms (RUSA form?)

Title ideas:

Your catalog: the good, the bad, and how to do it
One size doesn’t fit all
Catalog for the ages
Creative ideas for your catalog
The catalog: teaching, pushing adapting, using
Role of the catalog today
More than one way to find a book
Different catalogs for different folks
Making catalogs sticky
Many different …

One late arriving visitor (Joe Mirarchi) said we might obtain from the library school in Philadelphia (Drexel?) experts in information seeking behavior and usability

Everyone agreed it would be good to have a Sunday morning timeslot for the discussion group at Midwinter, maybe 10:30-noon -- we will try to get that time if possible.

The rest of the planning will continue via e-mail.

Liane thanked us all, and we thanked Liane for being a great chair. She will continue in RSS, so we will all see her there!