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An Unexpected Discovery: One Library's Experience With Web-Scale Discovery Service (WSDS) Evaluation and Assessment

Journal of Library Administration [31 Jan 2014]

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Abstract: “Discovery” is today's term for user-centered information searching and access. A growing number of libraries have embraced Web-scale discovery services (WSDS) featuring one-stop searching of libraries’ owned and licensed collections. Recognizing potential benefits to users of these systems, a mid-sized ARL library formed a discovery-tool committee in spring 2012 to explore selection of a WSDS in keeping with its values, vision, and institutional mission. This article explores “discovery” as it assesses WSDS performance and reports results obtained from a request to WSDS vendors to showcase the search power of their system with actual reference questions.


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Publication Year:2013
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Journal of Library Administration
Publication Info:Volume 56 Number 5-6
Issue:31 Jan 2014
Page(s): P. Elleroa pages 323-343
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Notes:Ralph Brown Draughon Library , Auburn University , Auburn , AL , USA
Libraries: Auburn University
Subject: Discovery Services
Record Number:18923
Last Update:2014-02-11 10:42:12
Date Created:2014-02-11 10:42:11