Chosen by Terry Ballard, Semi-retired librarian

Revised April 18, 2013

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.

Examples of excellent Innovative Interfaces sites:




Canisius Google Books Preview
Brooklyn Public Library Clean design on main page, list of popular searches
New Port Richey Public Exceptionally well-designed main screen, Encore
Jenkins Law Library Text message interface, good use of library blog for tutorials
Yale Law School Library Encore site - active in Keyword search
Michigan State University Encore site, Records created by XML Harvester .
Milwaukee County Library System Dynamic and interactive links to new materials
Westerville Public MAP "Meta Bridge" links to book covers and reviews and MetaFind.
Sante Fe Public Library List of books on order.
Athabasca University, ILL Forms.
University of California, Irvine buttons, cute mascot
University of Connecticut Law Graphics in Media column in browse
Rodman Public 3, Dynamic searches to special materials, Links to book reviews Massive database, Table of Contents Feature
Rochester Institute of Technology Dynamic new books feature using the III/Oracle interface , SFX.
Washington University Database , Table of Contents

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