VERSO Library Presentation Choices a year later (Part 1)

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More than a year ago, the AG Blog published some statistics on how libraries had configured their VERSO OPACs – clustered versus merged, gallery versus list display, etc.  Those 2015 statistics were interesting, but they didn’t tell the whole story, for a couple of reasons.

First, when we published those early statistics, we still had a few libraries on VERSO Classic (not VERSO 5) and therefore, their library choices weren’t represented in the totals.  Second, those older statistics included libraries in out ShareIT consortia (resource sharing) sites.   Those ShareIT libraries are usually managed centrally – at the state library level — which is differently than the way most VERSO libraries are managed – locally.  Finally, the 2015 statistics reflected what libraries were doing with an interface that was still quite new at the time.   Now, in Summer 2016, libraries have an additional year of experiences with VERSO and its interfaces. As VERSO product manager, my thinking is that the 2016 numbers are a more accurate reflection of how libraries are configuring VERSO’s OPAC User Interface options.

This blog post is part one of two – today’s post will show some basic interface decisions that staff have made. Next month, part two will give more detailed usage figures.

Gallery View







Clustered View









List View






How libraries organize results to their PATRONS:

Clustered view 182 34.6%
Merged view 339 64.6%
None view 4 .007%


How libraries organize results to their STAFF:

Clustered view 171 32.6%
Merged view 350 67%
None view 4 .007%



  1. Libraries prefer the Merged display by a 2-to-1 margin. Merged display collects the same author-title-publisher-date into a single cover art, while the Clustered display collects and organizes results based on author-title match, displaying the different formats beneath.
  2. Prior to March 2016, the early version of VERSO made it a little more difficult to view item holdings in Clustered view than in Merged view. Since March, the Clustered view is equal – if not better – in displaying holdings information than Merged view.
  3. Libraries are largely consistent in what results organization patrons see aligning with what staff sees.


How libraries present results to their PATRONS:

Gallery presentation default 313 59.6%
List presentation 210 40.0%
Grid presentation 2 .0038%


How libraries present results to their STAFF:

Gallery presentation default 214 40.7%
List presentation 307 58.5%
Grid presentation 4 .0076%



  1. Libraries, by a 60-40 majority, are using the gallery view for patrons. One can guess that gallery view is more eye-catching and contemporary than a list view.
  2. Staff, on the other hand, sees the list view by roughly the same percentage. Why the divergence?  Why would staff want to see a different presentation from their patrons?


Library directors and readers – I invite your comments – why did your library make the choices it has on organization and presentation in VERSO?    Please share your thoughts.



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