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Alain Marois

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  • it helps to understand how discovery tools work. Libraries make large investments in different kinds of content, such as their subscriptions to databases of scholarly articles, or the books that fill their local catalogs. The new breed of search software hinges on building "a very large, consolidated index that represents all of those things," says Marshall Breeding, a consultant who specializes in library technology. Vendors of discovery tools will make deals with providers that sell content to libraries, he says, so that content can be represented in the discovery tools’ indexes and made available for search. (Beyond products from Ebsco and ProQuest, other major tools in this genre, known as "web scale" or "index based" discovery, include Primo, from Ex Libris, and WorldCat Discovery Services, from OCLC.)
  • Bias toward a content provider, he says, "would be commercial suicide for any discovery vendor."
  • Mr. Brooks points out, however, that Ebsco makes design choices about article relevance that may seem like bias, yet actually have nothing to do with content providers. For example, a university that uses Ebsco’s search tool, he says, will find that "a two-sentence news blurb will lose to a four-page, peer-reviewed article.

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