Effective Approaches to the Evaluation and Selection of a Discovery Tool

  • Huibin (Heather) Cai
  • Tianfang Dou
  • Airong Jiang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7008)


Evaluating and selecting a discovery tool can be a tough process, given that the discovery tools available in the market have many features in common, and from an end user’s point of view, they do pretty much the same things. The more or less aggressive advertisements make the evaluation and selection process even more challenging. How to choose the most appropriate product to best serve your users’ needs and protect your library’s investment? Which key factors should be taken into consideration when making this decision? This article is intended to suggest some effective approaches to the evaluation and selection of a discovery tool. The authors hope that by taking these approaches, libraries that are looking for a discovery tool or switching to another one will be able to make informed and reasonable decisions.


resource discovery architecture framework discovery system metadata quality user interface 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huibin (Heather) Cai
    • 1
  • Tianfang Dou
    • 2
  • Airong Jiang
    • 2
  1. 1.McGill University LibraryMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Tsinghua University LibraryBeijingChina

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