Information, Not Location: Putting the What in Front of the Where So Patrons can Find When, Why and How
by Ken Varnum
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Talk given at NERCOMP's New Discovery Tools Symposium on 1 February 2010....
Talk given at NERCOMP's New Discovery Tools Symposium on 1 February 2010.
At the University of Michigan Library, we recently launched a new library web site [www.lib.umich.edu] that strives to put the library's resources in the foreground while leaving the particular tools that manage and provide access to them in the background. The site, built on Drupal, VuFind, LibGuides, and Ex Libris's Metalib, integrates a range of library services without forcing the user to look in specialized interfaces for them. For example, a site search dynamically returns results from the catalog (including materials available through the HathiTrust), our ejournals and databases lists, our web site, research guides, and librarian subject specialists. Our more static browse pages highlight the best resources in each of these categories for our patrons.
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