Hi Andrew,

 

Thanks – and thanks to everyone else who commented on this. Interesting to hear what other people have been experiencing. I note that one of the comments that Mark highlighted on his catalogue was an author commenting on their own book!

 

Tags do seem to be more popular than comments – currently c.1,000 in the database, although I haven’t investigated whether these are being used intensively by a small number of people. However it’s also worth noting that we only allow tagging within favourites lists, as we felt that the distinction between tagging favourites and tagging books more generally would confuse everyone. My guess is that some of our users find tagging of favourites to be a useful way of organising these lists – but that we wouldn’t see very much general tagging if that were available.

 

Michael.

 


From: Andrew Nagy [mailto:asnagy@gmail.com]
Sent: 27 October 2009 17:41
To: Fake,M
Cc: vufind-general@lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: Re: [VuFind-General] Commenting functionality

 

This doesn't surprise me Michael.  Im curious if your users are using the tagging and add to favorites functionality as well?

Thanks for sharing!

Andrew

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 12:52 PM, <M.Fake@lse.ac.uk> wrote:

Just curious what others' experience has been with the 'comment on this'
option (either in VuFind or in equivalent products)? We had thought
students would leap on the opportunity to share their thoughts on the
books they were borrowing, but we've had the catalogue running for over
a year (and since September it has been our main interface with c.5,000
hits a day), and to date we've had a grand total of ... two comments.

To add insult to injury, one of those was clearly just testing what
happens when you hit the submit button, and the other comment was
reporting a broken link.

Should we take the hint that this functionality just doesn't appeal to
our students? Are any other sites seeing the comment functionality used?

Thanks,
Michael.


Michael Fake
Library Systems Manager
London School of Economics & Political Science
T: +44 (0) 20 7955 6447
E: m.fake@lse.ac.uk


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