A Tale of Two Systems: A Case Study on the Implementation of Two Discovery Systems at Davidson College

In the course of two years, Davidson College evaluated and imple- mented two different discovery systems. The first implementation was ultimately deemed ineffective, resulting in the selection of a second product. This study will compare our needs analyses, eval- uative processes, and implementation experiences for the projects, analyzing what worked, failed, and why. Additionally, we will offer suggestions on potential enhancements and improvements for these products, as well as potential bumps in the road for their vendors and the libraries that implement them.
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Abstract/Description: In the course of two years, Davidson College evaluated and imple- mented two different discovery systems. The first implementation was ultimately deemed ineffective, resulting in the selection of a second product. This study will compare our needs analyses, eval- uative processes, and implementation experiences for the projects, analyzing what worked, failed, and why. Additionally, we will offer suggestions on potential enhancements and improvements for these products, as well as potential bumps in the road for their vendors and the libraries that implement them.
Subject(s): Libraries-Discovery Systems
2012-08
Date Issued: 08-August-2012