VALA2010 Session 1 Graham

VALA20120Making our catalogue as easy as 1, 2, 3

Tuesday 9 February 2010, 10:50 – 11:20
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Bobby GrahamVALA Peer Reviewed Paper

Director Web Publishing (Acting), National Library of Australia

Paul Hagon

Senior Web Designer, National Library of Australia

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A library’s catalogue is core to a library’s existence. The National Library of Australia recognises this and spends a great deal of time, energy and money on the data that goes into the catalogue. Less attention is spent on design and user experience. This changed in May 2008 when the National Library of Australia implemented VuFind as the new online catalogue. A year after this implementation, the Library reviewed the user behaviour and usability of the VuFind online catalogue. This paper outlines the process of that review, what the review has delivered and how we can use this information to meet the ever-increasing user expectations.