Online from: 1983
Subject Area: Library and Information Studies
|Title:||Ranking library materials|
|Author(s):||Dirk Lewandowski, (Department of Information, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany)|
|Citation:||Dirk Lewandowski, (2009) "Ranking library materials", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 27 Iss: 4, pp.584 - 593|
|Keywords:||Information management, Information media, Libraries|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/07378830911007682 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss ranking factors suitable for library materials and to show that ranking in general is a complex process and that ranking for library materials requires a variety of techniques.
Design/methodology/approach – The relevant literature is reviewed to provide a systematic overview of suitable ranking factors. The discussion is based on an overview of ranking factors used in web search engines.
Findings – While there are a wide variety of ranking factors applicable to library materials, today's library systems use only some of them. When designing a ranking component for the library catalogue, an individual weighting of applicable factors is necessary.
Research limitations/implications – While the paper discusses different factors, no particular ranking formula is given. However, the paper presents the argument that such a formula must always be individual to a certain use case.
Practical implications – The factors presented can be considered when designing a ranking component for a library's search system or when discussing such a project with an ILS vendor.
Originality/value – The paper is original in that it is the first to systematically discuss ranking of library materials based on the main factors used by web search engines.
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