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Cal Tech Upgrades Library Search Platform

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The California Institute of Technology is rolling out EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) from EBSCO Information Services, to provide library users with high-quality search results from articles, e-books, the library catalog, institutional repositories and other sources. The technology creates a unified, customized index of an institution's information resources, accessible from a single search box.

"We are making many improvements to library platforms and services, and EDS is an important part of this," said University Librarian Kristin Antelman in a press release. "Our students and faculty expect the most relevant and valuable result to appear at the top of the result list, and EDS does a superior job in this regard. We are also pleased with EBSCO's open, ILS-neutral approach to discovery that allows us to choose the best discovery service and then make it work with whichever ILS we choose for the backend. We are excited to move forward."

Caltech and EBSCO will also be conducting joint user research with Caltech's graduate student user community. As Kate Lawrence, EBSCO vice president of user research, explained, "With more than 8,000 libraries using EDS around the globe, we have a huge cross-section of customers with whom we can work together to refine the approach to discovery."

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About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at [email protected].

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