EBSCO Publishing is enabling public libraries to use EBSCOhost as the front end of their online catalogs. Loading catalog records on EBSCOhost allows public libraries to provide patrons with the use of the features and functionality of EBSCOhost.
OCLC's report, "Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want," indicates that end users expect their library catalogs to function like the websites and search engines they use everyday. OCLC asked end users to choose the information that is most essential in catalog searches. Respondents indicated that the ability to see which materials are immediately available, authors' names, and links to online content are some of the items they find important.