Evaluating and Selecting a Library Web Scale Discovery Service

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Selecting a major new discovery service for students and researchers is an important undertaking. Web-scale discovery has implications for library staff and the work they do. More importantly, Web-scale discovery offers promise in simplifying the research process for library users and steering them toward selected and often scholarly content owned or licensed by the host library. Given such broad implications, prospective customers should carefully evaluate options to meet their goal of finding the best potential match for their library. This chapter provides a frame for such an evaluation, based in part on the evaluation process used at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries. It highlights the important internal and external steps library staff may wish to consider as they evaluate these discovery services for their local environment. By involving a wide range of stakeholders and conducting thorough research, libraries are in the best position to make an informed and confident decision.


Libraries; Online information services – Evaluation; Online library catalogs – Evaluation


Education | Library and Information Science | Science and Technology Studies


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Vaughan, J. (2012). Evaluating and Selecting a Library Web-Scale Discovery Service. In M. Popp, & D. Dallis (Eds.), Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries (pp. 59-76). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-1821-3.ch004

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