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:

Library

URL

Features

Canisius Collegecando.canisius.edu/ Google Books Preview
Brooklyn Public Library iii.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/ Clean design on main page, list of popular searches
New Port Richey Public Librarynprlibrary.org/findit.html Exceptionally well-designed main screen, Encore
Jenkins Law Library www.jenkinslaw.org/ Text message interface, good use of library blog for tutorials
Yale Law School Library morris.law.yale.edu Encore site - active in Keyword search
Michigan State University 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 Librarycatalog.wpl.lib.oh.us/ MAP "Meta Bridge" links to book covers and reviews and MetaFind.
Sante Fe Public Library catalog.ci.santa-fe.nm.us List of books on order.
Athabasca University aupac.lib.athabascau.ca/screens/opacmenu.htmlButtons, ILL Forms.
University of California, Irvine antpac.lib.uci.edu/Well-designed buttons, cute mascot
University of Connecticut Law uconl.law.uconn.edu/ Graphics in Media column in browse
Rodman Public Libraryroc.rodman.lib.oh.us/Release 3, Dynamic searches to special materials, Links to book reviews
Ohiolinkolc1.ohiolink.edu/search/ Massive database, Table of Contents Feature
Rochester Institute of Technology albert.rit.edu/search/ Dynamic new books feature using the III/Oracle interface , SFX.
Washington University catalog.wustl.edu/search~/Archival/Reference Database , Table of Contents


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