Library system platform will make research easier

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Students will be able to find multiple resources using new Discovery tool.

By Felicia Mora

Libraries in the Alamo Colleges will share resources when a new services platform is put in place in August.

The relevance for students, faculty, and staff, is that the front-end user will be able to access a system that allows for data from all libraries to be available all in one place, technology services Librarian Lee LeBlanc said.

The search engine that will tie that all these resources together is called Discovery. It will make finding a research topic faster and easier, he said.

This will differ from how students, faculty, and staff find information now because it will not be so scattered.

Discover will change the way information is found by searching across all Alamo libraries for resources. These resources will be more than just databases.

A user will be able to find books, DVDs, CDs, eBooks, streaming videos, streaming music, articles in databases and images in art databases, LeBlanc said.

“Discovery will even search open access content as we develop the Discovery tool,” he said.

Subscriptions to some databases will change, he said.

“Discovery will search across all the Alamo libraries if the subscription allows it. The vendor may only let you see an abstract, though, but Discovery will give you other options to go to another library or request it via interlibrary loan so you can get the item delivered to your college for pickup,” LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc said copyright and licensing still will be determined by the vendor.


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