Previously we have seen two different solutions to the problem of Resource Discovery: 1) pre-built ‘connectors’ built to allow a federated search across our electronic resources and 2) a discovery tool that uses metadata that is pre-indexed from the publishers, and also incorporates our local catalogue data. Exlibris say that ideally we would need both solutions; Serials Solutions say that we can run 2) without the need for 1).
I thought the demo from EBSCO last week was interesting as their comments were made from the position of a subscription agent . They cast doubt on publishers’ willingness to open up their data for harvesting – and said that libraries would always need both solutions in place.
What will Innovative say when they come and see us on the 6th November?