University of Michigan Library Link Resolver Investigation Team Releases Report
The report linked below (dated January 29, 2016) was made shared on the U. of Michigan open repository today.
Report of the Link Resolver Investigation Team
Lisa Campbell (Service Lead)
Ken Varnum (Technical Lead)
Kathleen Folger (TASC Sponsor)
University of Michigan Library (via Deep Blue Repository)
This report was commissioned to explore whether the University Library should improve and update its ProQuest provided link resolver interface, 360 Link Legacy. To develop a recommendation and propose an implementation plan, an investigation team: evaluated the existing interface; researched how users encounter and interact with the existing interface; identified essential and desired requirements for interface improvements; and reviewed three link resolver tools (360 Link Legacy [current solution], 360 Link 2.0 [the updated version of current solution], and Umlaut [open source software]).
After considering the above research, as well as the feedback of many library stakeholders, the investigation team recommends that the library should update its link resolver interface, using the Umlaut open source software.
Direct to Full Text Report (31 pages; PDF)
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.