Online from: 1949
Subject Area: Library and Information Studies
Options: To add Favourites and Table of Contents Alerts please take a Emerald profile
|Title:||How UK academic libraries choose metasearch systems|
|Author(s):||Bethan Ruddock, (Mimas, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK), Dick Hartley, (Department of Information and Communications, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)|
|Citation:||Bethan Ruddock, Dick Hartley, (2010) "How UK academic libraries choose metasearch systems", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 62 Iss: 1, pp.85 - 105|
|Keywords:||Academic libraries, Database management systems, Purchasing, Search engines, United Kingdom|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/00012531011015226 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate how UK academic libraries choose metasearch systems; the choice processes they use; the main influences on their choices; and whether these choice processes could be made easier.
Design/methodology/approach – The project used a mixture of quantitative and qualitative research methods, consisting of a literature review, two semi-structured interviews, and an electronic questionnaire, distributed to systems librarians in UK university libraries.
Findings – It was found that many processes are repeated across libraries. It was also found that a prior/existing relationship with vendors has a strong influence on how libraries chose metasearch systems.
Originality/value – There has been no prior research explicitly investigating how a range-of-libraries chose metasearch systems. The results could be of value to libraries that are choosing a metasearch system, or other systems such as library management systems. It could also be of value to anyone interested in general choice procedures in libraries.
To purchase this item please login or register.
Complete and print this form to request this document from your librarian