Library Resource Discovery Products: Context, Library Perspectives, and Vendor Positions

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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-5914-5
Published: 
2014
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ALA TechSource
Pages: 
60
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8 12"
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Softcover
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Library Technology Reports, January 2014 (50:1)

 

Interfacing with library collections has changed drastically in the past several years, now integrating not only with the ILS but other local and external resources. Offering valuable guidance for effectively evaluating discovery systems, this issue of Library Technology Reports is filled with information on recent trends and the current state of the art in discovery. Breeding surveyed discovery vendors and 396 libraries on overall satisfaction and perceived effectiveness, and this report details his findings and conclusions. Focusing on the dominant index-based web scale discovery systems for academic and research libraries, and the emergent e-book lending functionality for public libraries, this report covers

  • EBSCO, Ex Libris, OCLC, and Serial Solutions' descriptions of their resource coverage
  • Librarian comments on coverage from eight different products
  • Product profiles of four major web-scale discovery services, six general discovery interfaces, and three integrated discovery and portal services
  • APIs for e-book integration from Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, and Baker & Taylor's Axis 360
  • Insight into the competitive environment that impedes comprehensive article-level indexing

Marshall Breeding

Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides (https://librarytechnology.org) and the Libraries.org online directory of libraries. He is the editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter, published by ALA TechSource, and has authored the annual Library Systems Report, published in American Libraries since 2014. He has also edited and authored several books, articles, and book chapters; was formerly the director for innovative technology and research for the Vanderbilt University Library; and regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations both throughout the United States and internationally at library conferences.

Library Technology Reports

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