Designing a Digital Databases Page
VALA 2004 CONCURRENT SESSION 12: Access to Information
Digital Resources Librarian, Monash University Library
Systems Manager, Monash University Library
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During 2003 Monash University Library engaged in a major redesign of the library databases web site. The basis of this was a program which used MARC records from Monash’s Endeavour Voyager catalogue to generate online electronic journal subject lists. The new databases page was intended to make for easier updating, and to allow us to respond to known user issues. In theory this was straightforward. In practice a number of issues were raised. The paper looks at how Monash resolved these issues, while commenting on the relationship between metadata and technology. Some future directions will also be discussed.