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The University of Virginia Opts For EBSCO's Library Search Tool
The University of Virginia has changed the retrieval system it
uses in its libraries,
moving from ExLibris' Primo Central to EBSCO
Discovery Service's EDS
the top public research institutions in the United States, the
Charlottesville, VA, has more than 5 million print volumes, nearly
e-books and dozens of electronic databases in its multiple library
the online search tool they were using, university librarians began
search for a better tool.
so many online resources, so we were trying to figure out how to make
that the discovery service had the best chance of being used," said
Onega, head of the Brown Science and Engineering Library and a member of
committee that conducted the search for a new tool.
problem the committee wanted to solve was how to make sure the search
provided researchers, students and faculty with the most relevant
of things, such as book reviews, were coming up first — not scholarly
articles," she said.
The University of Virginia’s new library search will prioritize scholarly articles over other kinds of content, like book reviews.
example, she pointed to a search for articles about "fuel cells," noting
the article at the top of the list had been written in 1964.
has been done on fuel cells since 1964," Onega said. "I really couldn't
stand behind those article results."
search that lasted nearly a year and a six-month trial period, the
chose ESCO's EDS API, which streamlined access to library resources
single search box.
said, the EDS API prioritizes recent scholarly articles, making
researchers' searches for relevant material much easier.
said the university was happy with its application programming interface
and the fact that it is more intuitive than other discovery services it
the other discovery services broke down subject phrases into words and
listed them separately in the facets, which made for a confusing
Onega said. "The faceting was especially helpful in EDS."
said the committee felt EBSCO's customer support was superior to that of
other vendors they spoke to.
launched EDS in June, following the close of the spring semester, so
it will be fully up and running when students and faculty begin to
campus for the fall semester in a few weeks.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.