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September 13, 2006

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Bruce Klaiss, MSLS

I find this very intriguing. At a glance, you can see where a library's collection is strong (or simply heavy) in some areas, light in others.

Of course, this is not the be-all and end-all of the process; the clouding process only gives you a set of indicators that can be used as a tool for further examination of the catalogue. For instance, you may only have 4 or 5 volumes/items in a given area, but they may be the best works on the subject. Clouding gives a quick visual sense of the raw numbers of a collection, but not of the comparative or overall quality. That is left as an exercise for the collection development department.

susan, MLIS student

I love the visual representation of the collection--no doubt this concept will catch on with other industries. The display of call numbers when hovering is a great timesaver for those who just want to browse, or quickly grab something out of the stacks.

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