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Introducing another TECH TUESDAY: TALKING WITH TECHIES Webcast...

Making Federated Searching More Usable
Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology at the Northwestern University Library

Federated searching tools are being implemented by libraries of all types, but the issues related to implementation are complex. In this tech talk, you'll learn about the best practices of libraries implementing federated searching as well as recent research on how federated search interfaces can be made more usable. Find out what works and what doesn't in relationship to placement of federated search boxes, display of search results, and design decisions in creating topical groups.

1 PM ET 10 AM PT
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

The Benefits

An expert in library information technology and library Web site design, Frank Cervone shares best practices for implementing federated search engines on library Web sites. He will illustrate some of the issues with federated search engines as well as the rewards of this technology.

Who Should Participate?

Anyone looking for innovative ideas and best practices for adding federated search for their library users.

Key Topics You Will Explore

* What are some of the key decisions in implementing federated search engines?
* Where should the federated search box be placed?
* Do users understand the results?
* What information should be included on the result screen of a federated search?
* What should you consider when developing specific subject area groupings?

Method of Instruction

Audio conference with Web-based visuals and supported by handout.


Member: $58.00 + GST
Non-Member: $74.00 + GST

What is a Webcast?
This is an expanded version of our popular audio conferences. You will need a computer and the ability to get on the internet... and a telephone. That is it. No special hardware; no special software. You will be given an address on the Web at which you will sign in with a password that will be given to you in your registration confirmation. You will be able to see the presenter's desktop and see what he or she is doing as you watch. Like all audio conferences, there is no limit on the number of people that might be around the phone at each location. The limitation will be in how many people can comfortably see the computer. If you have a data projector, there is probably no limit.

About The Presenter......

Frank Cervone is the Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology at the Northwestern University Library. He has 20 years experience in managing information technology services, the majority of which has been in academic libraries. The author of numerous articles and four books on topics related to information technology, he has been an invited speaker at library information technology conferences in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Brazil. He has a MSEd with a specialization in on-line teaching and learning from the California State University and a MA in Information Technology Management in Libraries from DePaul University and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Management at Northcentral University.

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