December 01, 2013

Academic library discovery platforms

This blog will be reviewed and updated during the early part of 2018.

This blog highlights different ways of delivering discovery results initiated by a search box on the library homepage. Two distinct ways are: (A) Bento box method of partitioning results into broad categories - eg. books, articles, website, databases. (B) Interfiled list of all results - ie. normal delivery from Discovery platform.


May 14, 2013

(A) Bento box method

  1. North Caroline State University (NCSU)
    Website structure: Find | Get Help | Services | About
    Discovery - Bento box (Summon, classic, web site and other sources)
    More: Launch publicity , Redesign project page, Personas, Discussion about NCSU library website
  2. Princeton University Library
    Website structure: Research | Libraries and Collections | Services | About
    Discovery: Bento box (Primo, Summon, Databases, web site and LibGuides)
    Library Web Redesign Project - Libguides for subject guides.
  3. Stanford University
    Website structure: About | Using the Library| Guides | Research Support | Ask Us
    Discovery: Bento box (Books & media, databases, web site, and links to Xsearch and Google Scholar) -uses Blacklight
    More: Two things prompted by a new website. Nice 'Places to study' page | Stuart Snydman's A brief techical primer on Stanford's new library website
  4. Dartmouth College
    Website structure: Find It | Research Support | Services | About the Libraries | Teaching Support | Help Yourself
    Discovery: Bento box (Summon, Library catalog, website)
  5. University of Michigan
    Website structure: Search | Browse | Get Help
    Discovery: Bento Box (Databases, Catalog, Online Journals, Additional -Looking for articles (Summon)... , Research Guides, Library webpages, Collections, Librarians, Staff Directory
  6. University of Calgary
    Website structure: Search Collections | Services | Hours and Locations | About Us | Get Help
    Discovery: Bento Box (Summon (articles), Summon (journals), Summon (books etc), Summon (more), Recommended Databases.
  7. Grinnell
    Website structure: 8 headings
    Discovery: Bento box (Vufind, Worldcat, 20 EBSCO databases)
  8. National Library of Australia (Trove)
    Discovery: Bento Box (Classic - Journal, articles and data sets - Music etc - Diaries etc - people and organisations - Picture etc - Newspapers - Maps - Archived websites - Lists)

April 17, 2013

(B) Interfiled delivery of discovery results (Under construction, currently being redone)

  1. Portland State University
    Website structure: Resources | Research Help | Services | About Library
    Discovery: Worldcat Local (being replaced by Primo of Orbis Cascade Alliance)
  2. University of Minnesota
    Website structure: Services | Find | About | Help
    Discovery: Primo
  3. Virginia Commonwealth University
    Website structure: Search Collections | Use the Library | Research Help | About the Library
    New website design coming Jan 2014
    Discovery: Primo
  4. University of Miami
    Website structure: Books Articles CD/DVDs | Research | Libraries & Collections | Services | About | Accounts
    Discovery: Summon
  5. UC Merced
    Website structure: About the Library | Resources | Tech Help | Contact Us (also On Display and Hours/Calendar)
    Discovery: Worldcat Local - Melvyl
  6. Deakin University
    Website structure: Study | Teach | Research | Access and Borrow | Campus Libraries | plus more)
    Discovery: EbscoDiscovery plus also Encore Synergy
  7. Stellenbosch University
    Website structure: Search | Services | How do I? | About Us (also Libraries category)
    Discovery: Primo
  8. Karolinska Institutet
    Website structure: Customizable library homepage, never seen anything like this before.
    Discovery: Summon
  9. James Cook University library
    Website structure: Find - Learn - Connect - About (Also Get Help and News)
    Discovery: Summon
    Removing Library Jargon from our Home page - what Google Analytics tells us.
  10. University of British Columbia
    Website structure: Search Collections - Hours & Locations - Use the Library - Get Research Help - About Us - Login
    Discovery: Summon
  11. Harvard
    Website structure: Search and Find - Research Support - Libraries and Archives -About Us - Help
    Discovery: No (going to Primo/Alma), Articles default is Academic Search Premier.
  12. California (San Francisco)
    Website structure: Collections & Resources - Classes, consulting & Help - Services - Visit
    Discovery - Bento box (tabbed) - but no actual discovery product.
  13. Villanova
    Website structure: Home | Search | Guides | Get Help - with multiple horizontal navigation bars under these
    Discovery- VuFind and Summon (ie. Summon api within VuFind)

March 30, 2013

Some other resources


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