Portals and Libraries

Portals and Libraries

by Sarah C. Michalak, Sarah C. Nichalak
     
 

ISBN-10: 0789029316

ISBN-13: 9780789029317

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Cutting-edge information about providing access to research library users

The ultimate goal of librarians is to provide comprehensive informational access to library users. Portals and Libraries provides an in-depth look at various libraries’ challenges and the cutting-edge technology used in providing high-quality electronic access to users through portal

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Cutting-edge information about providing access to research library users

The ultimate goal of librarians is to provide comprehensive informational access to library users. Portals and Libraries provides an in-depth look at various libraries’ challenges and the cutting-edge technology used in providing high-quality electronic access to users through portal systems. Respected authorities detail efforts to build a new kind of search and retrieval system that includes access to the Web as well as other vital collections and academic resources. The book discusses the implementation of access systems and their supporting technology, and spotlights strategies designed to encourage quality system-user feedback, increase the cooperation and diligence of staff, and more.

Portals and Libraries comprehensively reviews library portals from their roots to their current state, with a look at assorted products, their implementation issues, and each one’s advantages and shortcomings. The overall state of the portal system today as well as where it is heading in the future is examined in detail. The book also provides the ARL Scholars Portal Working Group Final Report from May 2002 summarizing the group’s work from its inception, and includes their recommendations of key portal features and needed functions. The text includes helpful screenshots, useful descriptive figures, and extensive references.

Portals and Libraries discusses:

  • the history of library portals
  • the MyLibrary@NCState Web portal after five years of use
  • "Portals to the World" Library of Congress guide to Web resources
  • the role integrated library systems will play in the future of portals
  • features and services to be added to library portals for greater success
  • portal technologies—their structures and functioning
  • planning portal implementation
  • online catalogs
  • usability testing and interface design
  • nine key issues that will impact the future of portal development
Portals and Libraries is crucial reading for library educators and students, college and research librarians in reference, library system professionals, and technical services professionals focused on applying cutting-edge technology to library services.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789029317
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Ch. 1The Internet public library and the history of library portals5
Ch. 2MyLibrary@NCState : a library portal after five years19
Ch. 3Portals to the world : a Library of Congress guide to Web resources on international topics37
Ch. 4The portal world and the ILS : a commentary57
Ch. 5If you build it will they come? : services will make the difference in a portal71
Ch. 6Library portal technologies87
Ch. 7Issues in planning for portal implementation : perfection not required113
Ch. 8Online catalogs and library portals in today's information environment135
Ch. 9Usability testing, interface design, and portals155
Ch. 10Environmentalist approaches to portals and course management systems173
Ch. 11The Association of Research Libraries ARL scholars portal working group final report, May 2002189
Ch. 12Looking ahead : the future of portals205

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