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Evaluation and Comparison of Discovery Tools: An Update

Information Technology and Libraries [June 2014]

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Abstract: Selection and implementation of a web-scale discovery tool by the Rider University Libraries (RUL) in the 2011–2012 academic year revealed that the endeavor was a complex one. Research into the state of adoption of web-scale discovery tools in North America and the evolution of product effectiveness provided a good starting point. In the following study, we evaluated fourteen major discovery tools (three open source and ten proprietary), benchmarking sixteen criteria recognized as the advanced features of a “next generation catalog.” Some of the features have been used in previous research on discovery tools. The purpose of the study was to evaluate and compare all the major discovery tools, and the findings serve to update librarians on the latest developments and user interfaces and to assist them in their adoption of a discovery tool


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Publication Year:2014
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Information Technology and Libraries
Publication Info:Volume 33 Number 2
Issue:June 2014
Page(s):5-30
Publisher:Library Information Technology Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Subject: Discovery Services
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Record Number:19738
Last Update:2014-10-19 15:25:22
Date Created:2014-09-25 08:00:31