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The general consensus in the biblioblogosphere is that OPACs (online public access catalogs) suck. I'm just as apprehensive about next-generation OPACs. That's akin to discussing tools in the late Stone Age. Granted, there were very impressive advances in flint knapping, but in the end, it was basically banging two rocks together.
OPACs, no matter the generation, are about delivering MARC records to users--who aren't looking for MARC records. To define the principles behind a truly next-generation library experience, I wrote a catalog manifesto.
1) The catalog is not ours, We librarians have many professional tools. Is it too much to ask that we provide one …