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Discoverability: the Ultimate Goal

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Abstract: Libraries have a long history of employing technology to make their collections available to their users. A succession of automation system components, interfaces, and search and retrieval technologies have been employed by libraries as ever more powerful means to bring their collections to library users. This progression, both in terms of finding materials and in gaining access to them, has continually expanded in the scope of content addressed and in better ease of use. Each of these advances in patron interfaces for discovering library collections has benefited from formal or informal standards or best practices that bring agreement and alignment among diverse technological and operational practices. The problem of providing access to library content, when distributed among different organizations employing different computer systems, data formats, and communications protocols demands finding common ground. Groups, such as NISO, that facilitate the development of standards, protocols, and recommended practices have been essential in each phase in the history of library discovery and delivery.


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Publication Year:2013
Type of Material:Chapter
Language English
Publisher:NISO
Place of Publication:Baltimore, MD
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Record Number:18577
Last Update:2013-11-06 16:27:56
Date Created:2013-11-06 16:19:39