Category: Webscale Discovery Layers

“Why academics and researchers still prefer Google Scholar?”

I was asked this question by someone. Here’s my personal take on this: We cannot deny the pervasiveness of Google / Google Scholar usage among academics and researchers. One of the enticements of Google Scholar is the simplicity of the search box.  However, if…

3 Lessons that I learned from Summon Implementation (Web discovery layer)

It’s almost been a year since we roll-out our library’s web discovery layer known as KORAL: KAUST Online Resources Access Layer (powered by Proquest Summon).  [Check out my earlier post on our journey to implement Summon. ] What are the 3 main lessons that…

Usability Study: Interviews with our community

One of my projects for this year is to conduct Summon After-Implementation study.  Summon is our new web discovery layer which was implemented in May 2016.  This study involved interviewing our community namely: Faculty members, PhD and MSc students and PostDoc.  One of the…

User Experience: “You are NOT your user”

I’ve started on our user experience interviews on the use of our new discovery service namely Summon and AZ portal.  One of the objectives is find out our users’ behavior when they search/browse our electronic resources.  Participants include: Faculty members Post-docs Students Being a…

Of Search Boxes and library websites Pt 1

Recently, I conducted an exploratory study on library websites search boxes (5 Oct 2016).  I wanted to know the types of search boxes deployed by libraries that are using Summon as their web scale discovery layer. I googled and discovered around 83 Summon-ed libraries…