A form on mini catalogue is of course the reading/resource list......
(Library centric) reading/resource list solutions are a major theme in the UK (and also Australia and New Zealand). Some libraries pay more for their reading list solution than their ILS because they see it having more value.
Adoption of reading list solutions such as Talis Aspire and ExLibris Leganto has reached over 50% of all UK Higher Ed libraries. They provide a contextual (eg "I am a 2nd year anthropology student on week 2 of my course") view of the library catalogue that allows annotations by library staff and faculty (eg "Read chapter 4") and also students. The reading list very often trumps the OPAC/Discovery service especially for undergraduate students as it is usually closely integrated with the Learning Management System/VLE. Importantly the reading list will also contain resources that are typically *not* in the library catalogue such as digitised chapters.
Now that US library system vendors like ProQuest/ExLibris and SirsiDynix have got into the reading list game (significantly different to 'course reserves') it looks like we'll see these solutions getting more widely adopted in the US
More information is on Higher Education Library Technology (HELibTech) http://helibtech.com/Reading_Resource+lists
BTW I'm working on a (Open, CCO licensed) HELibTech Briefing paper on reading List and would love to get thoughts and feedback from US librarians.... I think it could be one of the next 'top tech trends'......
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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Karen Coyle
Sent: 24 October 2017 16:35
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] mini-catalogs
I like this idea.
We could add any reviews we can find, let people annotate the entries,
and call them bibliographies. There is an obvious (to me) need for
something other than a dump of bibliographic data based on a search. The
hard part will be facilitating selection, the wheat/chaff problem.
Not all of the items in our libraries are of equal import, but we have
no way to provide a ranking. (I think OCLC does this based on # of
holdings?) If a sub collection could be a SELECTION based on
INTELLIGENCE that would be ideal.
On 10/24/17 7:56 AM, Eric Lease Morgan wrote:
> I think a “kewl” (as well as cool) idea is the creation of mini-catalogs.
> Our libraries have large collection. That’s nice. But often the student/scholar only wants to look at a smaller subset of the collection. For example, they might want to look at only the books about painting. Alternatively, they might want to only look at items in a particular sub collection — a “special” collection. Unfortunately, and to the best of my knowledge, our library catalogs are not really amenable to such things.
> In order to facilitate greater use & understanding of these sub collections, I think it would be fun to:
> 1. dump all the MARC records describing a sub collection
> 2. generate a set of text files intended for printing,
> and these text files would manifest a VERY traditional
> library catalog 
> 3. generate a computer-searchable index designed to be
> used by a hand-held device 
> 4. promote the use & availability of the outputs of
> Steps #2 & #3
> What’s kewl is that the text files can be given away, printed, and even (“Gasp!”) written in. They require zero technology, and can last a long, long time. Heck, they are even portable and copies can be placed at the head of the collection(s). In days of old, librarians paid hundreds of dollars for these sorts of “catalogs”. They can still be valuable today.
> What’s more, the computer-searchable indexes and can be carried into the stacks and used like a Star Trek tricorder to home in and browse the collection(s). A bar code reader on the “tricorder” would be a helpful interface.
> Fun with the blending of newer and older library techniques?
>  example set of printed catalogs/indexes - http://dh.crc.nd.edu/sandbox/pamphlets2indexes/
>  example computer-searchable index - http://dh.crc.nd.edu/sandbox/pamphlets2analysis/search.cgi
> Eric Morgan
> University of Notre Dame
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