Document Type

Article

Rights

This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

Disciplines

Information science (social aspects), Library science

Publication Details

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058, Volume 27, Issue 2. 2010

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a case study of the selection process used to select the ReSearcher Suite, and its implementation including an outline of why and how the suite was implemented at the Library in the Institute of Technology in Tallaght.

Design/methodology/approach – Case study – single site.

Findings – The Simon Frasier University (SFU) hosted ReSearcher Suite (with support) provides an open source solution for open URL linking integrated with inter-library loan submission, federated searching, knowledge base, coverage data, and A-Z listings for journals and databases. While it does not have the full integration with the library management system that a vendor supplied product would, the functionality is strong enough on the user end to offer a viable alternative.

Practical implications – Provides a start point for similar projects.

Originality/value – The site studied is an international customer for SFU, while the suite is still in beta. The option to have open source software hosted by the developing institution is of interest.

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