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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:
|Ch. 1||The Internet public library and the history of library portals||5|
|Ch. 2||MyLibrary@NCState : a library portal after five years||19|
|Ch. 3||Portals to the world : a Library of Congress guide to Web resources on international topics||37|
|Ch. 4||The portal world and the ILS : a commentary||57|
|Ch. 5||If you build it will they come? : services will make the difference in a portal||71|
|Ch. 6||Library portal technologies||87|
|Ch. 7||Issues in planning for portal implementation : perfection not required||113|
|Ch. 8||Online catalogs and library portals in today's information environment||135|
|Ch. 9||Usability testing, interface design, and portals||155|
|Ch. 10||Environmentalist approaches to portals and course management systems||173|
|Ch. 11||The Association of Research Libraries ARL scholars portal working group final report, May 2002||189|
|Ch. 12||Looking ahead : the future of portals||205|