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Library Hi Tech

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Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Ranking library materials

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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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