ERL16: Session Takeaway: Case Studies

Case Studies:  Technical Perspectives on Hosting Discovery Systems


Ron Burns, VP Global Software Services, EBSCO
Michael Kucsak, Director of Library Systems and Technology, University of North Florida
Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources & Serials Librarian, Univ. of Nebraska – Kearney

Michael started off the session.  His topic:  Cloud Customization: Uni of North Florida’s Implementation

  • Gave an overview of the university as well as the library’s systems and technology department org chart
  • Showed UNF online catalog: their branding schema: OneSearch.  Briefly touched on their logos, color schemes, style and subtlety
  • Explained the custom content providers in OneSearch
  • Widget:  ILS_Based Interlibrary Loan
  • Ulrichsweb: customized integration
  • OneSearch and BlackBoard – Collaboration between Library and ITS.
  • Opportunities:  Vendor collaborations, multi-tenancy, patron portal
    Boopsie, Springshare, Shibboleth, Canvas, BePress

Jon briefed the audience about:

  • Uni of Nebraska-Kearney
  • Showed via screen capture: EDS
  • Widget sidebar
  • Content from Credo, Worldcat etc (API Code)
  • Insert instructional of promotional images
  • “Ask a Librarian” Chat Widget
  • Text a Call ## – Link added to catalog records
  • Database Recommender placard
  • Shorten Link option

Ron (Ebsco) touched on Cloud concepts and definitions.  He showed the audience EbscoAdmin features and explained the advantages that cloud technologies and discovery have for libraries.  Areas:

  • User experience and expectations
  • APPS
  • API Interoperability
  • Open Source

Ron also showed the audience Ebsco Apps and Cloud services that could be added to enhance discovery layer.  Eg:  Ask a Librarian, Book Carousel, Citation Resolver, Credo Reference Search, ILL Form, Plum Group Widget, OCLC Nearby and Affiliated Libraries, MeSH suggestions, Save pdf to my cloud, Wikipedia, Twitter etc

Notes taken from presentation slides.

I had an interest in this as our library will soon be launching the new discovery interface.  Wanted to compare and contrast the features that other discovery services are offering.  Incorporate them (especially the relevant ones) into the new discovery interface wherever possible.  There are several potential features that we could implement while there are some that have already been ‘installed’.