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Discovery tools? You Can Compete with Google

Discovery tools that can be customized for your library can be a powerful alternative to Web search engines like Google. Dee Ann Allison, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, will show you how libraries can customize these tools to provide an Information Portal that brings together the best resources for our communities.
NCompass Live - Jan. 18, 2012.

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Discovery tools? You Can Compete with Google

  1. 1. DiscoveryToolsJanuary 2012 Dee Ann Allison
  2. 2. What are Discovery Tools? A discovery tool provides a single point of access to a range of library resources that enables users to search multiple resources with a single search. Some Examples: EBSCO Discovery Service Summon service (Serial Solutions) AquaBrowser Library (Serial Solutions) Encore Discovery (Innovative Interfaces) Primo Central (Ex Libris Group ) Blacklight – open source University of Virginia
  3. 3. Reasons why you might want a discovery tool1. Simplify the research process with a single search.2. Market locally created databases to your community to increase visibility and use.3. Provide a more intuitive search interface that encourages discovery. No more complex searching that confuses users.4. Improve the “depth” of the metadata to index content not included in your catalog.5. Integrate Web 2.0 options with your search engine, e.g. tagging, reviews. Give your searchers a reason to return to your site.6. Enhance remote access to your library.7. Make searches successful8. Promote the library as a quality research source that meets the changing expectations of our users.
  4. 4. OpenURL Results against Coverage File OpenURL Results that Dont Match 180000 160000 G O OCLC 140000 O CSA-Sociological Abstracts G L Elsevier 120000 E emerald Compendex S Google 100000 C H MathSciNet O ResearchPro 80000 L scifinder A R SilverPlatter 60000 Ulrich WilsonWeb:OmnifileSelect 40000 CSA- Water Resources CSA:DAAI 20000 0 Sorry, based on the information provided there were no matches
  5. 5. What to expect from discoverytools
  6. 6. Do your homework• Who do you expect to use this tool?• How are you going to build on your catalog?• What resources to do want to bring together?• How do you want to integrate with other services and products?• What are your preferences for integrating the results? For authentication? for example, with articles – they can be integrated, separated, or faceted.• Talk to librarians using the system – try to get a login to demo
  7. 7. The Discovery Frontier (the race is on)AquaBrowser Serials Solutions Queens Library Serials Solutions Dartmouth College Library me/find/summon/EBSCO Discovery Service James Madison University (EDS)Encore Discovery Innovative University of Nebraska-Lincoln http://encore.unl.eduInterfaces LibrariesPrimo Ex Libris Vanderbilt University Library imo_library/libweb/action/ id=VANDERBILT&reset_config=trueWorldcat Local - OCLC Univ. of Washington Libraries University of Virginia Library Colorado State University Libraries
  8. 8. Open source alternatives• Blacklight – University of Virginia – North Carolina University• VuFind – Colorado State University Libraries – Yale University• SOPAC (Social Opac) – Ann Arbor District Library – Darien Library• Scriblio – Hong Kong University of Science & Tech.• Fac-Back-OPAC − Paul Smith’s College Book Catalog
  9. 9. Differences What full-text can be included from vendors? These are proprietary beasts and agreements must be reached. Technology architecture is different Facets for search limiters and expanders Results are presented differently (to integrate or not) Harvesting, some use OAI Real-time issues Network issues and response time (hosted or local)Social networking capabilitiesAdvance search capabilitiesCost
  10. 10. Aquabrowser the Discovery Layer• Hosted by Serial Solutions.• Results are ranked by relevance• Word Cloud with thesaurus and associative terms, translations and spelling suggestions are automatically generated from resources• Faceted navigation uses locally created mapping• Real time availability of item status• ADA compliant interface• Supports sorting by title, author, publication date• Web 2.0 features for lists, tags, ratings, reviews• Library-configurable relevancy ranking• Integration with a library’s 360 Search (Federated Search Service) subscription• Two additional local data sets/local collections• No advance search
  11. 11. Summon Web scale discovery• Hosted Service• Journal and periodicals articles• Relevancy-ranked list• Incorporates library holdings• Export citations to bibliographic management software• Scholarship facet• Includes abstracts, item location, online full text availability• Advanced search
  12. 12. EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)• Databases from EBSCOhost, (customer subscribed)• Databases from non-EBSCOhost databases (customer subscribed)• OPAC loaded directly; includes real-time availability checks and daily updates(and searched along with all other content)• Supports book jacket images, book records, entertainment records, annotations, family keys, subject headings, demand information, awards, review citations, etc.• Institutional archives/repositories directly loaded• Facet options including subject, source, publication• Includes alerts• Includes RSS options• Image Quick View• Supports a variety of “widgets” and export portions of EBSCOhost functionality onto library web sites
  13. 13. Primo• Hosted or Local• Harvests catalog and library has options for configuring metadata including relevancy ranking.• Uses hosted central index for full-text materials including articles, e- books, which are delivered by publishers technology.• “Primo Deep Search” which provides searching for resources not in Primo Central but are compliant with an API.• Ex Libris MetaLib® gateway for other resource linking and links-out for other full-text and services.• Facet options including subject, source, publication.• Multilingual thesauri.• webpage harvesting capability.• Spell check – “did you mean.”• Social networking, tags, reviews.• Limited advance search (and)
  14. 14. Worldcat Local• Resolves full-text through OpenURL• Facets• Integration with social bookmaking sites• Includes catalog and article citations• Supports citation export• Single integrated result set• Integrates with Illiad• Supports book covers, book reviews, user contributed reviews, tagging and recommendations.• Offers advanced search for expanding and limiting searches• Supports “and” Boolean searching.
  15. 15. BlackLight – Open Source• Search items the Library has catalogued, including books, journal titles, DVDs, CDs, sheet music, websites, and microfilm, and also, digital collections of images and texts;• Filter results by format, dates, and keywords;• Sort results by relevancy ranking, date received, author, title or call number;• Save and share searches and results in Delicious, and, VIRGObeta, RefWorks and Zotero;• Generate an RSS feed for search, for notification when the Library acquires materials in your subject area.• Request item• Article integration
  16. 16. VuFind – Open Source• Search items the Library has catalogued, website, and institutional repository.• Limit results by collection, format, dates, and keywords.• Supports limiting to items with illustrations, full-text, or stemming (searches work so includes working, works, etc.)• Sort results by relevancy ranking, date received, author, title or call number;• Supports bookmarking, citation exporting.• No articles at the present time.
  17. 17. Encore• Local or hosted• Searches the catalog and harvested collections (OAI protocol). Supports advance searches for “and/or”.• Facets for limiting and expanding searches. Can do call number searches.• Sort by relevancy, title and date.• Integration with Millennium Course Reserves, Media & Electronic Reserves.• Integration with Millennium Program Registration Event Calendar• Library staff ability to promote individual titles in RightResult™ ranking.• Expanded local links and branding Integration with Meebo™ online• OpenURL resolver integration for services• Inclusion of Google Books™ preview• Community comments, ratings and tags.
  18. 18. Discovery Tool Checklist Hosted or local (implications for staffing requirements and response time) Real-time updating from the catalog Currency of articles  Full-text limiting  Peer review limiting Choice of databases for inclusion Authentication method Options for local databases (OAI or other methods) Flexibility to easily expand or limit queries, and support serendipitous discovery Web 2.0 features  Tagging ratings, reviews, exporting Browser, ADA, and mobile compatibility Local control (webpac backup)
  19. 19. Form SearchingThe ability to add code to any webpage for searching. (
  20. 20. LibGuide on adding forms to webpagesURL:
  21. 21. ResourcesEvaluating and comparing discovery tools: how close are we towards next generation catalog? By Sharon Q. Yang, Library Hi Tech, v. 28, no. 4, Apr. 2010, p. 690-709.Information portals: the next generation catalog, by DeeAnn Allison, Journal of Web Librarianship, v. 4, no. 4, Oct.-Dec. 2010, p. 375-389.Dee Ann Allisondallison1@unl.edu317 Love LibraryUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln, NE 68588-0410(402)472-3944