New Full Text Article: "Discovery Services: Next Generation of Searching Scholarly Information"
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Author: Chris Keene
The new breed of resource discovery services is an evolutionary step forward in providing library users with a ‘one-stop shop’ where they can find information sources for their research. They provide a single search box that can search a library’s online and physical content including articles, books, journals, newspaper articles, e-books, specialist collections and more. These discovery services have built on the concepts of both federated searching and next-generation catalogues.
The are four main players currently in the market: Primo from Ex Libris, Summon from Serials Solutions, EBSCO Discovery Service and WorldCat Local from OCLC. The distinction between ‘discovery service’ and ‘next-generation catalogue’ can be grey and some products could be classed as either.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.