Why do we still have an OPAC?
Recently, my consortium’s OPAC User Group had what I can only call a “bitchfest” about the state of our OPAC. It seems like all the complaints just started to come out of the woodwork, this doesn’t work or that hasn’t been fixed or I’ve had this ticket open since forever. It was actually sort of painful to put yourself in the shoes of the OPAC’s staff.
Later, someone sent an email about a different subject that repeatedly praised the benefits of using WorldCat over our own online catalog.
So I put A and B together.
Why are we still using our own search interfaces? If Google, WorldCat, orÂ insert-web-2.0-solution hereÂ is so much better why do we keep purchasing online catalog modules from closed source vendors that we hate?
Open WorldCat would seem to have it all. Lots of libraries combined in one interface. Easily narrowing by subject, language or format and even a limited review and tagging module. Why don’t libraries just all upload their data into a central place where it can be formatted by people who know more about this stuff than we do?