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Subject-Keyword: discovery systems libraries

Type of item: Report

Language: English



Description: Report prepared for the Senior Leadership Team to recommend a discovery system.

Date created: 2013-07-03

DOI: doi:10.7939-R36D5PD7S

License information: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported


Autor: Sam Popowich



Discovery Strategy Recommendation September 2013 Sam Popowich, Discovery Systems Librarian FINAL Executive Summary Discovery solutions have come a long way from the days of the OPAC and the “next-generation catalogue”.
Their systems and design considerations have attempted to keep pace with the development of the web more generally, without ever being generally successful.
This lack of success means that we must investigate ways in which users’ attention and workflow have changed since the development of the web.
Serious consideration has to be given to exposing our data as widely as possible and making our services available within a users workflow, rather than forcing the user to come to us.
Our discovery strategies must allow for both outside-in and inside-out discovery.
No single system is capable of doing this, so any strategy we undertake must combine disparate systems into a single overarching solution. Given their lack of flexibility and customizability, as well as their cost and difficulty of installation and maintenance, none of the commercial discovery solutions are adequate on their own for a library-wide discovery strategy.
However, an article-level knowledge base is indispensable for any discovery strategy to be viable and useful.
The recommendation of this report, then, is to combine an existing commercial solution, preferably Ebsco Discovery Service, with a lightweight open-source discovery layer that will allow us extensive customizability as well as the ability to index any and all material we have available. My recommendation is to continue to license Ebsco Discovery Service and use its API to present its knowledge base data as one pane of a “bento box” display driven by Blacklight.
Within the Blacklight layer we will present the library website, the library catalogue, electronic journals, institutional repository and digitized content, alongside the EDS knowledge base.
The library catalogue data can either be indexed within Blacklight ...

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