SMU Libraries Pioneer New Discovery Tool

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Media contact: Toni Nolen,
tnolen@smu.edu, 214-768-3666

SMU Libraries Pioneer New Discovery Tool
Students and Faculty can search the library just like the open Web

New discovery tool

April 11, 2010 – SMU Libraries have launched a revolutionary new service
that allows students and faculty to search the library the same way they
search the open Web. The Discover SMU Libraries service, found on the
SMU Libraries' homepage, lets users search all the libraries' formats – books, articles, newspapers, databases and more – from a single search
box. SMU's Libraries are one of a handful of university library systems
around the world who are pioneering this simple, instant search of library
collections.

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"Offering this revolutionary service to our community is a culmination
of several months of investigation, evaluation and planning by SMU Libraries
and Office of Information Technology (OIT) staff,"
said Toni Nolen, IT
Services Librarian at Fondren Library, who led the implementation effort.
"We are excited to introduce this user-friendly service that will help
researchers find the best information provided by the SMU Libraries for
their needs."

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Studies show that students and faculty prefer the quality information found in libraries, but find searching on the Web simpler and more straightforward. The Discover SMU Libraries service is designed to mimic open Web search methods, delivering the quality content that only the library holds. Now, any student or faculty member can simply enter a search term in the discovery search box available at http://www.smu.edu/libraries and the service will return – nearly instantaneously – a list of the physical and digital materials from the libraries' book, journal, media, and digital image collections that are relevant to that search. Users click-through to articles and online images or find the book or other physical format items on the shelf in the libraries.

The Discover SMU Libraries service is from Serials Solutions, a Seattle-based company that specializes in developing technology that enables university libraries to more easily manage their electronic content collections. The company developed the service in conjunction with universities on three continents and also works with thousands of publishers to pre-load content into a single repository of information… much like the Web, but specific to each library's holdings. The service's technology allows searching to be precise and fast so that students and faculty spend less time hunting for the right information.

"We still have our library catalog and all of the databases you may have grown accustomed to using for research, and library patrons may still use those native interfaces, but the new Discover SMU Libraries search will be a good research starting place for many students and faculty and many times may be all that is needed for a given paper or project," Ms. Nolen explained.

To explore what the SMU Libraries have for any research interest,
visit http://www.smu.edu/libraries and put the Discover SMU Libraries
search box to work.

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