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A comparative review of common user interface software products for libraries

Daniel G Dorner and AnneMarie Curtis

mercredi 30 mai 2007, par anass


Common user interface software is designed for the hybrid library environment, where a library has both print based and electronic document collections. These could include : the Internet ; electronic journals ; electronic documents ; databases of indexed or full-text journal articles ; as well as an OPAC and traditional print-based collections. In the past, library users were obliged to search each of these resources individually. Common user interface software provides a single search point for access to a hybrid library’s diverse electronic collections and catalogues, reducing the time and effort spent by users in both searching and learning to use a range of databases. Patron demand for remote access to library collections and services and the need for consortia to integrate their collections are two of the key reasons to implement common user interface software.

Although the primary function of a common user interface is to simplify the search process, library common user interface products can be holistic solutions designed to address other requirements, such as user authentication and site branding. Common user interface software is a subset of library portal software products, which aggregate multiple channels of information and communication through a single interface. Vendors have developed a number of common user interface software products specifically for the library market and this review provides a detailed summary of some of the products currently available.

Source : The National Library of New Zealand.Auteurs : Daniel G Dorner and AnneMarie Curtis


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