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Scottish Digital Library Consortium New Resource Discovery Services Launched

Press Release: Scottish Digital Library Consortium [May 26, 2011]

Copyright (c) 2011 Scottish Digital Library Consortium

Abstract: A group of seven academic and research libraries, all members of the Scottish Digital Library Consortium, have launched new digital discovery services for finding and accessing library resources. The new services allow library users to search multiple resources using one search tool, making a greater number of resources more easily accessible to library users. The University of Edinburgh led a joint procurement on behalf of seven SDLC libraries. This resulted in a framework agreement, which allowed participating partners to choose products from two shortlisted providers:EBSCO Discovery Service and Summon from Serials Solutions.


A group of seven academic and research libraries, all members of the Scottish Digital Library Consortium (SDLC), have recently launched new digital discovery services for finding and accessing library resources. The new services allow library users to search multiple resources using one search tool, making a greater number of resources more easily accessible to library users.

Building on the earlier successes of the SDLC, and a general drive for shared services, the University of Edinburgh led a joint procurement on behalf of seven SDLC libraries. This resulted in a framework agreement, which allowed participating partners to choose products from two shortlisted providers: EBSCO (EBSCO Discovery Service) and Serials Solutions (Summon). Both providers have developed sophisticated resource discovery tools which enable library users to search seamlessly across multiple resources, including the library catalogue, full text e-journal articles and database content, from a single search screen.

SDLC PartnerSystem Selected
University of EdinburghEBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and Summon
National Library of ScotlandSummon
Heriot Watt UniversityEDS
University of Abertay DundeeSummon
Scottish Government LibraryEBSCOhost integrated Search (EHIS)
University of StirlingEDS
University of St AndrewsEDS

Feedback from Library Users

"I think that, finally, searching library holdings, electronically available resources in particular, has become practical and fruitful; it is like searching the internet, but in the knowledge that the sources found are more or less reliable, scholarly ones."

"Discovery is fantastic. Thank you very much for this initiative."

"This will save so much time and be so much more comprehensive - brilliant."

"Searcher is awesome, it rocks my library world!"

The SDLC

The SDLC works to gather intelligence on new and developing library technologies, facilitating library collaborations in Scotland to provide better digital library services. Further information can be found at www.sdlc.ed.ac.uk/

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Publication Year:2011
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:May 26, 2011
Publisher:Scottish Digital Library Consortium
Company: Scottish Digital Library Consortium
Products: EBSCO Discovery Service
Summon
Libraries: Scottish Digital Library Consortium
Subject: System announcements -- selection
Record Number:15732
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:2011-05-26 15:46:54