Volume 10 Number 1
What should be part of SUNY-wide library initiatives going forward? Are there new search and discovery tools that would benefit SUNY library resource utilization? Some of our students start research tasks in Google, but what can we do so they end up using vetted library resources to complete the research?
These are some of the questions the Futures Group (the Shared Search & Discovery Services Committee, SSDSC) has been working on.
Initial evaluation has been via a significant number of
online presentations/demos. Included in these have been
The products include commercial software as well as open
source software. Many have features such as faceted
browsing; spell-checking/"Did you mean?"; various ways
of sorting results including relevancy ranking; web 2.0
components; visual/graphic-based searching;
sophisticated options for citing, emailing, tagging
The group has done investigation of 360Search, AquaBrowser, Encore, Endeca, the eXtensible Catalog Project, Grokker, LibraryFind, Primo, eContent Searcher & Analyzer, VUFind, WebFeat, and Worldcat Local.
SSDSC is looking to make recommendations to S.A.C. by
the end of the first quarter.