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Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Online from: 1999

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries

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Title:We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries
Author(s):Steven David Shapiro
Citation:Steven David Shapiro, (2013) "We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 30 Iss: 7, pp.7 - 9
Keywords:Academic libraries, Aggregators, Discovery services, Electronic resources, Institutional repositories, Publishers
Article type:Viewpoint
DOI:10.1108/LHTN-07-2013-0041 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to argue that the new generation of discovery technologies empower libraries to behave like “aggregators” and “publishers”. The paper summarizes Montclair State University's experience with the EDS discovery service and also includes examples from other institutions.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses the experiences of several institutions to show the value of discovery tools and other technologies like institutional repositories in enhancing the role of academic libraries in higher education. Statistics and surveys culled from a variety of sources are cited in support of this contention.

Findings – Many institutions are successfully incorporating discovery and other technologies (i.e. institutional repositories) in repositioning and reinvigorating the academic library.

Practical implications – Academic libraries willing to make the investment in these technologies can capture the interest of their faculty, staff, and students.

Originality/value – The paper provides an innovative perspective on the use of discovery and other complementary technologies that act in a synergistic way to strengthen the bond between libraries and their users.

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