Better Search Software for Libraries
Posted by repplinger
Here is an interesting article that talks about how many current catalogs have lousy algorithms, and don’t do an adequate job of finding information within an individual library’s catalog.
After Losing Users in Catalogs, Libraries Find Better Search Software
September 28, 2009
By Marc Parry
Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia. So you might think that typing his name into Virgo, Virginia’s online library catalog, would start you off with a book about him.
Jean A. Bauer tried it the other night. At the top of the results list were papers from a physics conference in Brazil.
The problem is that traditional online library catalogs don’t tend to order search results by ranked relevance, and they can befuddle users with clunky interfaces. Bauer, a graduate student specializing in early American history, once had such a hard time finding materials that she titled a bibliography “Meager Fruits of an Ongoing Fight With Virgo.”