Thursday, November 6, 2014

Implementing Web-Scale Discovery Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians

Thompson, Jolinda. Implementing Web-Scale Discovery Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8108-9126-5

This book offers a great introduction to web-scale discovery services, including easy to understand descriptions of their structure and scope. It offers an easy to follow guide for librarians seeking to evaluate, purchase, and implement a web-scale discovery service. It presents the information in check lists, decision trees, and quotes from early adopters, and includes information on how to customize these systems to meet each library’s specific needs. It also provides a basic overview of four products: 
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Primo, Ex Libris
  • Summon, ProQuest
  • WorldCat Discovery Service, OCLC 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Evolution of Web-Scale Discovery in Libraries
Chapter 2: A Closer Look at Web-Scale Discovery Options
Chapter 3: Making the Best Content Match for Your Library
Chapter 4: Evaluating the Discovery Layer
Chapter 5: Other Important Web-Scale Discovery Service Features and Functions
Chapter 6: Selecting and Purchasing a Web-Scale Discovery Service
Chapter 7: Configuring System Content Integration and Customization for Local Needs
Chapter 8: Configuring and Branding the Discovery Layer
Chapter 9: Introducing the Service to Users
Chapter 10: Usability Testing of Web-Scale Discovery Services
Chapter 11: Maintaining a Web-Scale Discovery Service

Chapter 12: The Future of Web-Scale Discovery