And Whoa. NEAT!
It has TAGS. Really… anything new and shiny involving tags kind of has me drawn in even before I know much more else. Tags rock. Tags make SENSE. Tags are easy to use and very intuitive (if they’re done right).
Basically what Encore does is provide another way to search the catalog. If you know just what you want you can go straight to our normal catalog and type in the author or book title and bring your info right up. BUT. If you don’t really know what you’re looking for Encore is the way to go. It’s built to look somewhat like Google.
Some of us librarian types cringe at that word. I’m not one of them. I’m not saying that we should get down on our knees and worship Google, because we shouldn’t, it’s not at all perfect. But Google isn’t The Enemy either.
People USE Google. It’s been turned into a VERB, f’the love of cheese. People use it and they like it. If we can provide something that comes even anywhere NEAR to how much people like Google… we’re doing something right. Google aside, this Encore thing was pretty cool.
It can do the suggestive searches, if I type in something not quite spelled right, or with one wrong word in the title it has the microchips to suggest that maybe I meant “Frank Lloyd Wright” when I typed “Frank Loyd Right”. Look! It knows that Wright and Right sound the same! NEAT. :}
It also throws up our LC subject headings on the side as TAGS! ZOMG, I can see the subject headings RIGHT there, not buried in the bottom of the record where no one ever ever looks.
I’m excited. Can you tell? I’m going to play around with it this week while we’re testing it in house. It is SHINY!