What if your library catalog was smart enough to offer good recommendations? The Melvyl Catalog Recommender Project is an experimental research and prototyping project that is investigating a number of technical strategies for making online public access catalogs easier to use. Using records from the Melvyl Catalog as a test bed, the project will determine the feasibility of implementing a variety of user-friendly features in future catalogs.
Funding for the project has been provided by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The UCLA and UC Berkeley libraries, the Research Libraries Group, and the Online Computer Library Center have supplied additional data. Learn more about the project on the Inside CDL web site at <http://www.cdlib.org/inside/projects/melvyl_recommender/index.html>.