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Ny UKSG-rapport: Impact of Library Discovery Technologies

UKSG (United Kingdom Serials Group) har udgivet en ny rapport om ”discovery systems”.

Fra rapportens fyldige résumé citeres nedenstående:

  • RDS is becoming a major element of the academic library landscape, with 77% of survey respondents having already implemented an RDS at their institution, and a further 11% in the process of doing so, at the time of the survey. Summon, Primo and EDS are the most frequently used, together accounting for over 76% of systems in use.
  • Increased usage is not the primary motivation for moving to a discovery technology – libraries are more concerned with user experience and providing a single search interface linked to full text. Undergraduate students are seen as the primary users and beneficiaries of library discovery technologies.
  • RDS appears to influence content usage, most visibly for e-books. The impact varies by resource, and across libraries
  • Library perceptions of increased usage following RDS implementation are borne out by the usage data. E-book usage appears to have accelerated in the case study libraries following RDS implementation, while e-journal usage have increased just a little or decreased in some instances.
  • Other factors affecting usage include the link resolver and the options selected when libraries implement the RDS, increase in the volume of subscriptions, growing appetite for electronic content, particularly e-books, promotion of electronic content by libraries and academics, e.g. via reading lists etc.
  • Only half of the libraries in the survey felt that the content covered in the RDS was provided on a neutral basis but the libraries in the case studies did not rate this as a major concern. Vendor rivalries and concerns over data control are seen as unhelpful by libraries and publishers.
  • The impact of RDS is diluted by the use of Web-search engines (on a sector-wide scale)

Se hele rapporten her.



Michael Cotta-Schønberg