I've been Googling my rear off and I think the issue is that the search terms are just too broad for what I'm asking.
My users are complaining that the default pagination method (lists, libraries, web parts) is cumbersome; they would like to see how many pages there are, or have options for skipping ahead to a page other than the "next" or "previous" options. I had an image for this, but I'm a n00b and can't attach it. :)
I am sure that this issue has been discussed and I wish I could find what I was looking for.
Any help/pointers are hugely appreciated. Thanks for the space.