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Library Resource Discovery Products: Context, Library Perspectives, and Vendor Positions

Interfacing with library collections has changed drastically in the past several years, now integrating not only with the ILS but other local and external resources. Offering valuable guidance for effectively evaluating discovery systems, this issue of Library Technology Reports is filled with information on recent trends and the current state of the art in discovery. Breeding surveyed discovery vendors and 396 libraries on overall satisfaction and perceived effectiveness, and this report details his findings and conclusions. Focusing on the dominant index-based web scale discovery systems for academic and research libraries, and the emergent e-book lending functionality for public libraries, this report covers

  • EBSCO, Ex Libris, OCLC, and Serial Solutions’ descriptions of their resource coverage
  • Librarian comments on coverage from eight different products
  • Product profiles of four major web-scale discovery services, six general discovery interfaces, and three integrated discovery and portal services
  • APIs for e-book integration from Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, and Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360
  • Insight into the competitive environment that impedes comprehensive article-level indexing

Marshall Breeding is the editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter for ALA TechSource, a regular Library Technology Reports author, the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides, and a columnist for Computers in Libraries. He has authored the annual “Automation Marketplace” feature in Library Journal since 2002. He has edited or authored several books, including Cloud Computing for Libraries, published in 2012. Former Director for Innovative Technology and Research at the Vanderbilt University Library, he regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations internationally at library conferences.

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