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 Partner||System Selected|
|University of Edinburgh||EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and Summon|
|National Library of Scotland||Summon|
|Heriot Watt University||EDS|
|University of Abertay Dundee||Summon|
|Scottish Government Library||EBSCOhost integrated Search (EHIS)|
|University of Stirling||EDS|
|University of St Andrews||EDS|
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 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/