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LAU CASE STUDY                   By                   Cendrella Habre                   Systems Librarian                 ...
Outline    Terminology    Definitions    Major developers and available     systems    Brief overview of LAU’s ZPortal...
TerminologyNote: This technology started in 1999/2000    Library Portals    Federated Search Engines    Library Portlet...
Definition (1)    Portal is a web-based search tool    Portal concept is often ambiguous and confusing    Portal is a “...
Definition (2)     “A library portal or a federated search     engine is a discovery tool (a software     actually) that e...
Library Portals vs. Federated              Search Engines    Library Portals      It is certain that all Library Portals...
Library Portlet    The Library Portlet is a small search window     found on any web page of a university,     organizati...
Z39.50    A protocol that allows a computer to search collections of     information on a remote system, create sets of r...
OpenURL    A standard developed by NISO (National     Information Standards Organization)    It provides a uniform way f...
Link Resolver    A link resolver uses the OpenURL standard to     create links to content, such as E-journals, library   ...
Developers?    Small Vendors    Library Systems Vendors    Database AggregatorsJanuary 24, 2006               11
Federated Search Engines:    AGent (Auto-Graphics)    MetaStar (Blue Angel Technologies)    MuseGlobal (MuseGlobal, Inc...
Automated Library Systems:    EnCompass (Endeavor)    iPAC (Epixtech – Dynix/Horizon)    ILINK (Sirsi)    MetaLib (Ex-...
Database Aggregators:  MultiSearch (CSA)  OVID Technologies and MuseGlobal (Dec. 1, 2004 announced   delivery of a metas...
Hosting                   Note     All the above mentioned companies     provide hosting services at their     own sites t...
@ LAU     LAU is the first academic institution in Lebanon to      implement the ZPortal system.     Why ZPortal was sel...
Why do we need it?S earc h database R etrieve usefulPrint or save to disc                      records                    ...
Overview                                    End User                       Collections and Search Profiles        Z39.50OP...
How does it work?     The user must be     authenticated to                   The OpenLinking Resolver asks the following ...
@ LAU     LAU site:      http://libwserv.lau.edu.lb:43002/zportal/     Other sites:      http://www.k4h.northbristol.nhs...
Advantages:    Less time in searching: Several resources are     searched at once    Single one-stop web page    Single...
Disadvantages:    No Arabic support    Security: It involves the opening of some ports     outside the university firewa...
Conclusion Library Portals or Federated Search   Engines enable you to search a          world of informationJanuary 24, 2...
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LLA ZPortal

  1. 1. LAU CASE STUDY By Cendrella Habre Systems Librarian Lebanese American University chabre@lau.edu.lbJanuary 24, 2006 1
  2. 2. Outline Terminology Definitions Major developers and available systems Brief overview of LAU’s ZPortal Looking @ other ZPortal examples Advantages & disadvantagesJanuary 24, 2006 2
  3. 3. TerminologyNote: This technology started in 1999/2000 Library Portals Federated Search Engines Library Portlets Protocols/Standards/Set of rules:  Z39.50  OpenURLs (Z2Web) Link Resolvers (OL2)January 24, 2006 3
  4. 4. Definition (1) Portal is a web-based search tool Portal concept is often ambiguous and confusing Portal is a “buzzword” – inappropriately used Other terms used in the information community:  Metasearch  Metadata search  Parallel search  Broadcast search  Cross-database search  Search portalJanuary 24, 2006 4
  5. 5. Definition (2) “A library portal or a federated search engine is a discovery tool (a software actually) that enables a user to search using a single-search interface across certain websites, library catalogs, and databases of information resources to retrieve and integrate the results in a single presentation”January 24, 2006 5
  6. 6. Library Portals vs. Federated Search Engines Library Portals  It is certain that all Library Portals can search Z39.50 databases  Yet not all Library Portals can search currently available licensed databases. (Authentication problem for remote users) Federated Search Engines can search all Z39.50 and currently available licensed databases for both walk-in and remote users.January 24, 2006 6
  7. 7. Library Portlet The Library Portlet is a small search window found on any web page of a university, organization, institution, company, etc., which allows direct access to the online catalog and other resources available. This is a powerful and convenient library resources tool.January 24, 2006 7
  8. 8. Z39.50 A protocol that allows a computer to search collections of information on a remote system, create sets of results for further manipulation, and retrieve information; mainly used for bibliographic information. www.cs.cornell.edu/wya/DigLib/MS1999/glossary.html A set of rules governing the formats and procedures used by two computers to interact with one another. www.esls.lib.wi.us/glossary.html A standard that defines how computers search in library catalogues. The Library of Congress is the Maintenance Agency and Registration Authority for this standard, see http://www.loc.gov/z3950/agency/ www.lib.monash.edu.au/vl/glossind.htmJanuary 24, 2006 8
  9. 9. OpenURL A standard developed by NISO (National Information Standards Organization) It provides a uniform way for users to link directly from bibliographic citations (in non Z39.50 compliant databases) to fulltext articles available in online resources, websites, and other services for which a URL can be constructed It facilitates linksJanuary 24, 2006 9
  10. 10. Link Resolver A link resolver uses the OpenURL standard to create links to content, such as E-journals, library catalogs, Internet search engines, some ILL systems, bookshops, etc. In other words, when a patron finds a citation or reference to a specific article, this link resolver supplies the best available path to the content, anywhere in the library collection.January 24, 2006 10
  11. 11. Developers? Small Vendors Library Systems Vendors Database AggregatorsJanuary 24, 2006 11
  12. 12. Federated Search Engines: AGent (Auto-Graphics) MetaStar (Blue Angel Technologies) MuseGlobal (MuseGlobal, Inc.) WebFeat (WebFeat) ZPortal (FDI) For more information http://www.loc.gov/catdir/lcpaig/portalproducts.htmlJanuary 24, 2006 12
  13. 13. Automated Library Systems: EnCompass (Endeavor) iPAC (Epixtech – Dynix/Horizon) ILINK (Sirsi) MetaLib (Ex-Libris) Polaris (Gaylord) MAP or Millennium Access Plus (Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) iPortal (VTLS) YouSeeMore (TLC) For more information http://www.loc.gov/catdir/lcpaig/portalproducts.htmlJanuary 24, 2006 13
  14. 14. Database Aggregators: MultiSearch (CSA) OVID Technologies and MuseGlobal (Dec. 1, 2004 announced delivery of a metasearch engine) More to come______________________________________________________ _ Few aggregators have integrating metasearching into their resources, e.g.:  ScienceDirect  JSTOR  GALE  EBSCOhost  WilsonWeb  Etc.January 24, 2006 14
  15. 15. Hosting Note All the above mentioned companies provide hosting services at their own sites to potential clients.January 24, 2006 15
  16. 16. @ LAU LAU is the first academic institution in Lebanon to implement the ZPortal system. Why ZPortal was selected?3. Professional/Academic4. Rigid5. Flexible6. Familiar with interface (OLIB)7. Widely used8. Pricing/ServicesJanuary 24, 2006 16
  17. 17. Why do we need it?S earc h database R etrieve usefulPrint or save to disc records L ocate the C hec k the Or go to the journal on OPA C e-journal the shelves F ind the Do you have volume and access to Go to the issue the full- article text? Other Resources (such as DDS ) January 24, 2006 17
  18. 18. Overview End User Collections and Search Profiles Z39.50OPAC Other resources Link to non- searchable http local or web resources Search Fulltext A&I Engines services servicesJanuary 24, 2006 18
  19. 19. How does it work? The user must be authenticated to The OpenLinking Resolver asks the following questions: use OpenLinking. 1. Can I match on ISSN? The user runs a 2. What services are available to this user? search. 3. How will I build the URL to go to each available service? The user clicks on the link and it is When these questions are answered successfully, the opened in another links are built and displayed to the user browser windowThe search result contains metadata -Journal title:Journal of management studiesISSN: 0022-2380Date/volume and issue data:Jul2002/Vol39/Issue 5Pagination: p.619 January 24, 2006 19
  20. 20. @ LAU LAU site: http://libwserv.lau.edu.lb:43002/zportal/ Other sites: http://www.k4h.northbristol.nhs.uk http://www.library.nhs.uk/January 24, 2006 20
  21. 21. Advantages: Less time in searching: Several resources are searched at once Single one-stop web page Single interface (results) Tremendous increase in the usage of online resources, thus cost-effective Excellent tool for ILL/DDS Portal vs. Google Searching techniques are applied, e.g., Boolean operatorsJanuary 24, 2006 21
  22. 22. Disadvantages: No Arabic support Security: It involves the opening of some ports outside the university firewalls End-user overwhelmed with # of hits Continuous maintenance and update Unable to cover all licensed databasesJanuary 24, 2006 22
  23. 23. Conclusion Library Portals or Federated Search Engines enable you to search a world of informationJanuary 24, 2006 23

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