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Revelations From the Literature: How Web-Scale Discovery Has Already Changed Us

Computers in Libraries [May 2013]


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Abstract: By looking at keywords, themes, and subject headings of 53 articles published about discovery services, it is clear that these new services have already made the greatest impact on integrated systems, collection use, and instruction and reference. Because of the still-evolving nature of web-scale discovery, several of these articles serve as an introduction to the idea of WSDS, describing different products to give librarians some context when deciding which service is appropriate for implementing within their own libraries. Because WSDS implementations are not exactly Google search bars, librarians are determining that explaining the difference to students is quite necessary and that there is a very present need in libraries to adjust their instruction to include the discovery tool. Shaundra Walker and Iyanna L. Sims note that discovery services can potentially become a barrier between students and information literacy. Because the interface of discovery tools seeks to imitate the Google search bar, students may see the convenience, but they may not see where their search results come from or know the source of their indexing.

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Publication Year:2013
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Computers in Libraries
Publication Info:Volume 33 Number 04
Issue:May 2013
Publisher:Information Today
Place of Publication:Westport, CT
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Subject: Discovery Services
Record Number:19697
Last Update:2014-10-19 14:22:41
Date Created:2014-09-10 17:04:12