Chosen by Terry Ballard, Assistant Director of Technical Services for Library Systems, New York Law School Library,


Revised November 11, 2009


Introduction. Both times that I was called upon to design a III Webpac, I started by looking at every webpac that was available for public viewing. I then got an idea of what mine should look like. In the meantime, the number has grown substantially, so looking at every webpac has become an unmanageable task. As a service to the profession, I decided to look at the field one more time, and choose a fairly small number of Webpacs that have something extra to offer. In almost every case, the chosen OPACs have been completely designed by the host institution from the Main page right down to the individual bibliographic record. In addition, I have looked for important extra features such as Z39.50 broadcast, Table of Contents, and Cascading Style sheets. In the end, I hope to have a file that will be useful and a source of inspiration to future Webpac designers. Entries have been reviewed on February 3, 2016 for accuracy.

Examples of excellent Innovative Interfaces sites:

Library

URL

Features

Canisius Collegehttp://cando.canisius.edu/ Google Books Preview
Michigan State University http://magic.lib.msu.edu/ Encore site, Records created by XML Harvester .
Milwaukee County Library System www.mcfls.org/ Dynamic and interactive links to new materials
Westerville Public Libraryhttp://catalog.wpl.lib.oh.us/ MAP "Meta Bridge" links to book covers and reviews and MetaFind.
Sante Fe Public Library http://catalog.ci.santa-fe.nm.us/ List of books on order.
Athabasca Universityhttp://aupac.lib.athabascau.ca/screens/opacmenu.htmlButtons, ILL Forms.
Bob Jones University http://library.bju.edu/ Excellent design of main page and browse screen buttons
University of California, Irvinehttp://antpac.lib.uci.edu/Buttons, Logo, Item Location Information
University of Connecticut Law http://uconl.law.uconn.edu/ Graphics in Media column in browse
Rodman Public Libraryhttp://roc.rodman.lib.oh.us/Release 3, Dynamic searches to special materials, Links to book reviews
Ohiolinkhttp://olc1.ohiolink.edu/search/ Massive database, Table of Contents Feature
Rochester Institute of Technology http://albert.rit.edu/search/ Dynamic new books feature using the III/Oracle interface , SFX.
Washington University http://catalog.wustl.edu/search~/Archival/Reference Database , Table of Contents


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