Implementing Web-Scale Discovery Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians

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Rowman & Littlefield, Sep 11, 2014 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 174 pages
Web scale discovery tools index a vast number of resources in a wide variety formats and allow users to search for content in a physical collection, print and electronic journal collections, and other resources from a single search box. Search results are displayed in a manner similar to internet searches, in a relevance-ranked list with links to online content.

Implementing Web-Scale Discovery Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians is a one-stop source for librarians seeking to evaluate, purchase, and implement a web-scale discovery service. The book breaks down each phase of the project into decision points and action plans which will help move the project forward in an orderly and focused manner.
After reading this guide, librarians will be able to:
  • identify the system with the best content match for their library;
  • conduct informative product trials;
  • negotiate for the best pricing options;
  • andoptimize customization of the selected systems to meet local needs.

Implementing Web-Scale Discovery Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians guides librarians on configuring search boxes, integrating local content sources, and making full-text easily accessible. This text presents the information in check lists, decision trees, and quotes from early adopters, and includes information on how to customize these systems to meet each library’s specific needs.

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Chapter 1 The Evolution of WebScale Discovery in Libraries
Chapter 2 A Closer Look at WebScale Discovery Options
Chapter 3 Making the Best Content Match for Your Library
Chapter 4 Evaluating the Discovery Layer
Chapter 5 Other Important WebScale Discovery Service Features and Functions
Chapter 6 Selecting and Purchasing a WebScale Discovery Service
Chapter 7 Configuring System Content Integration and Customization for Local Needs
Chapter 8 Configuring and Branding the Discovery Layer
Chapter 10 Usability Testing of WebScale Discovery Services
Chapter 11 Maintaining a WebScale Discovery Service
Chapter 12 The Future of WebScale Discovery
Sample Features Table for Scoring WebScale Discovery Systems
About the Author

Chapter 9 Introducing the Service to Users

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JoLinda Thompson is technical systems coordinator at Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library and has over 15 years of experience as a library systems professional.

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