There’s a lot of truth regarding general feeling I got from the Antelman, Lynema, and Pace article: things could be a lot better.
I’ve started seeing a few next-generation features popping up in the OPACs I use most often as a patron, and I absolutely love being able to see reviews of books from multiple sources, as well has being able to see a lot more information about each result of a search. These are cool things, and they’re the kinds of things that people expect, since they’re used to being able to see all that kind of stuff when they look at the entries for the same things on Amazon or imdb.
That article also talked about the difficulty of browsing in many catalogs, and next-generation features like including pictures of the book jacket I’ve been seeing more often, too (though as yet, I haven’t seen a search feature that allows you to look up a book by the color of the cover, which would be a nice feature for public libraries). I think browsing in Overdrive is pretty good. You can see the covers of books and audiobooks that were returned recently and new titles from the homepage, and it’s pretty easy to browse by category as well. Though, I suppose we should expect more browsing-related features from Overdrive, since unlike most OPACs, it doesn’t correspond to a physically browse-able collection.