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LR Forum Presentation 20 Nov09


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Main presentation from the RSCni LR Forum held 20 Nov 09

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LR Forum Presentation 20 Nov09

  1. 1. LR Forum – South West College 20 November 2009 Mike Moran RSCni 30/11/09
  2. 2. LR Forum Mike Moran RSCni <ul><li>Today’s event will be in two parts </li></ul><ul><li>LR Forum - morning </li></ul><ul><li>Federated Search Forum - afternoon </li></ul>30/11/09
  3. 3. LR Forum Mike Moran RSCni Programme 30/11/09 10:00 Registration and Tea/Coffee 10.20 Welcome and Introductions Mike Moran – RSCni 10.30 The e-Books Platform in Action – Anna Vernon will provide participants with an overview of the progress so far since the introduction of the ebrary platform in Aug 09 and explain how colleges can get the best out of the collection of almost 3,000 titles. Anna Vernon – Project Manager, JISC e-Books for FE Project 11:30 News Exchange Among LR Staff – An opportunity for delegates to exchange news on LR developments and activities in colleges 11.45 Induction Materials: Updates – At the last LR Forum participants did some practical work on new approaches to library/LRC inductions. In this short session participants will be encouraged to tell colleagues – what they did; what worked; what didn’t work; what they didn’t have time to do. Participants 12.00 Extending the e-Books Collections – Anna Vernon will lead a discussion session and seek ideas from participants about new titles that would be useful for any additional purchases for the core collections and – particularly for those titles relevant to colleges Anna Vernon – Project Manager, JISC e-Books for FE Project Mike Moran – RSCni 12.30 LUNCH 13.15 Joint Session with Teaching and TEL Support Colleagues on Federated Searching – the afternoon will be a session to discuss the features and advantages of federated searching. Colleagues in a teaching and TEL support role will join the participants. A separate programme and materials for this item will be circulated in advance. Participants – assisted by Mike Moran 15.00 Plans for next Session and Close
  4. 4. LR Forum <ul><li>The next part of the programme follows shortly… </li></ul>Mike Moran RSCni Anna Vernon – Project Manager: e-books for FE JISC Advance 30/11/09
  5. 5. LR Forum <ul><li>News Exchange and Updates Among LR Staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shibboleth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Induction Materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LR Digest by MailChimp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSCni WordPress blog - </li></ul></ul>Mike Moran RSCni 30/11/09
  6. 6. LR Forum <ul><li>Extending the e-Books for FE Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Your views… </li></ul>Mike Moran RSCni Anna Vernon – Project Manager: e-books for FE JISC Advance 30/11/09
  7. 7. LR Forum <ul><li>Lunch follows shortly… </li></ul>Mike Moran RSCni 30/11/09
  8. 8. Federated Search Forum Mike Moran RSCni <ul><li>Federated Search – Some Basics </li></ul><ul><li>Is a launching pad for users to help them identify databases best suited to the subjects they are searching </li></ul><ul><li>Fed Search has other names too – metasearch; parallel search; broadcast searching; </li></ul><ul><li>Allows users to search across multiple resources – subscription databases; library catalogues; web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Examples include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Scholar – produces a ‘results list’ from the search; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WorldCat – with its ‘Refine Search’ uses faceting to guide users in further narrowing their search; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other approaches: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vendors who offer a similar service for searching across their subscription databases – eg EBSCO; CSA; and ProQuest; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purpose built Fed Search products: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More common ones are – 360 Search by Serials Solutions (recently acquired WebFeat) and MetaLib by ExLibris; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But many others use licences from these – eg EBSCO uses WebFeat </li></ul></ul>30/11/09
  9. 9. Federated Search Forum Mike Moran RSCni <ul><li>Federated Search – Considering a Purchase </li></ul><ul><li>Consider first what are the ‘must haves’ for your users </li></ul><ul><li>Survey of librarians familiar with Fed Search in Autumn 2007 generated top 5 desirable features: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limiting results by source, date, range, full text, or peer review; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speed of results retrieval; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appearance of the interface; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sorting of results; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ de-duplication’ of results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some vendors offer both Fed Search and discovery tool; </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery tools are more full-featured and more expensive; </li></ul><ul><li>Vendors offering this dual approach include – Encore (from Innovative Features) and Primo (from ExLibris); </li></ul><ul><li>Dual tools are not really comparable point by point with single-purpose Fed Search engines </li></ul><ul><li>All of the current generation Fed Search products basically do the same thing but do it in different ways. </li></ul>30/11/09
  10. 10. Federated Search Forum Mike Moran RSCni <ul><li>Federated Search – Considering a Purchase </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the needs of the library professional and the end user </li></ul><ul><li>Generally, the Fed Search products include an admin tool where library can customise it (eg connectors; branding); </li></ul><ul><li>Admin can sometimes be done by the vendor and not available to purchaser; </li></ul><ul><li>Many products allow you to create pre-defined subject categories – so library can group resources by subject; </li></ul><ul><li>In this case, the users can select the subjects and not have to search everything; </li></ul><ul><li>With admin tools, you need to know can you – make the tool appear like a ‘Googleised’ search instead of a raw database? Make the brand of the library and connections to other resources in your house style? </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source Solutions (OSS) – these do exist. Will your IT department be able to provide you with the support that you will need? </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of Fed Search OSS include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LibraryFind – Oregon State University Libraries; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dbWiz – Simon Fraser University; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pazpar2 – Index Data; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For OSS options the key items to analyse are the IT admin tasks involved. </li></ul>30/11/09
  11. 11. Federated Search Forum Mike Moran RSCni <ul><li>Federated Search – Some Sources of Information </li></ul><ul><li>http :// - an article by Alexis Linoski and Tine Walczyk (July 2008) gives fuller version of the points cited above – and details of vendors </li></ul><ul><li>http:// - a Wikipedia article </li></ul><ul><li>A Federated Search Primer (Part I of III) - / </li></ul><ul><li>A Federated Search Primer (Part II of III) - / </li></ul><ul><li>A Federated Search Primer (Part II of III) - / </li></ul><ul><li>100 Federated Search Requirements Questions To Ask Vendors - / </li></ul><ul><li>Federated Search For Your Library and in Your Enterprise (Sponsored Document) - </li></ul><ul><li>Quality, Not Quantity: The danger of overlooking quality of search results - </li></ul>30/11/09
  12. 12. Federated Search Forum Mike Moran RSCni 30/11/09 A plan for action Evaluate options on price and features Make proposals to management
  13. 13. Federated Search Forum Mike Moran RSCni <ul><li>A plan for action </li></ul><ul><li>Who will do what? </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><li>How will progress be monitored? </li></ul>30/11/09
  14. 14. LR Forum <ul><li>That’s the end of the programme … </li></ul><ul><li>Any final questions? </li></ul>Mike Moran RSCni 30/11/09 Mike Moran RSCni