Federated Search: Solution or Setback for Online Library Services

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9780789036605: Federated Search: Solution or Setback for Online Library Services

Understand federated searching implementation better—and what works best in your library

Federated Search: Solution or Setback for Online Library Services is a comprehensive guide to choosing, implementing, testing, teaching, and marketing federated search products in libraries. Experts in the field and librarians across the United States provide firsthand information on using federated search engines in different types of libraries (small, academic, and consortia), integrating search engines into library Web sites, homegrown upgrades, bidding on a product, other uses for software, and the future of federated searching.

Federated Search: Solution or Setback for Online Library Services explains what factors come into play when choosing which federated search engine is appropriate for a library. This helpful resource discusses how to go out to bid for a product and provides a variety of case examples that illustrate implementation in libraries of different sizes. The book also includes information of what happened once federated search was implemented on various campuses, such as usability studies, teaching issues, getting buy-on from librarians, and marketing to students.

Topics discussed in Federated Search: Solution or Setback for Online Library Services include:

  • implementing federated search in different types of libraries
  • why some libraries choose NOT to implement federated searching
  • usability testing of federated search product implementations
  • teaching issues with federated search products
  • marketing to library users
  • integrating federated searching into library web sites and existing services
  • homegrown federated search upgrades
  • the future of federated searching in libraries
Federated Search: Solution or Setback for Online Library Services is an essential source on federated searching in libraries for librarians from any size or type of library.

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