My Systems Librarian column for the May 2008 issue of Computers in Libraries discusses the impact of the availability of the full text of books through mass digitization projects on library search tools. The ability to perform deep searching based on the full text of books has become common place on commercial Web destinations such as Amazon.com and Google Book Search. As new generations of library interfaces evolve, I think that it's important for them to incorporate this style of deep search.
One of the top issues in the library automation arena in the last couple of years involves the development of a new generation of interfaces to replace online catalogs that have fallen behind the expectation of Web savvy library users. This aspect of library automation currently attracts incredible interestóalmost all libraries are giving consideration to how they can bring the search tools they offer for their collections and their overall Web presence up to the level expected on the Web today. Even in this early point in the adoption cycle of new library interfaces, itís time to press onward toward even more effective and powerful search tools. In this monthís column Iím especially interested in exploring the expansion of metadata-based search into deep search based on the full content of digitized materials. continue reading...
(The full text of my Systems Librarian columns are available on Library Technology Guides 90 days following thier original publication in Computers in Libraries magazine.)
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