May 22, 2022

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Releases White Paper on Discovery Services

The report (dated August 2014) was made available online earlier today by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

From a Brief Introduction on the TXSLA Blog:

Discussions among libraries that have recently implemented discovery services are likely to result in agreement that implementation was challenging. However, once implemented, librarians are generally happy with their decisions to offer discovery services to their patrons. Based on librarian experiences of both the challenges and rewards of implementing a discovery service, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) contracted with Amigos Library Services to write a white paper that would include basic information concerning discovery services, as well as an overview of the major discovery vendors.

For an overview of what is covered, see the executive summary.

For full content, including vendor information, “What to Look for in a Discovery Service Checklist,” and “Evaluating Your Discovery Service Checklist,” see the full report.

Direct to Executive Summary 4 pages; PDF)

Direct to Full Text Report: “Discovery Services: A White Paper For The Texas State Library & Archives Commission” (35 pages; PDF)
Authors:  Arta Kabashi, Christine Peterson, And Tim Prather
Affiliation:  Amigos Library Services (All Authors)

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