Enhancing search experience through discovery layer integration

November 8, 2018

By Liana Giovando, Principal Consultant at Pertinence.ca and Thomas Guignard, Director of Services, OCLS

The Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) is helping college libraries to integrate more data into library discovery layers to provide a more robust and rewarding search experience for college library users.

Library discovery layers such as Primo, EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), and Summon allow libraries to offer a single search interface to explore across separate collections and repositories. For example, OCLS teamed up with Pertinence.ca and discovery layer vendors to integrate college library content into these services so that more information is available to users through a single interface.

Integrating Usage Rights with EDS & Summon

The College Libraries Electronic Access Rights (CLEAR) Database is a tool to help college library users determine what they can and cannot do with electronic resources accessed from the library. It provides answers to questions such as;

  • Can I make an electronic copy for use in an e-reserve system?
  • Can I post a copy in a course management system?
  • Can I put it in a course pack?
  • Can I link to it?
  • Can I make print or electronic copies?

OCLS launched the successful integration of this data into EDS and Summon search results to expose permitted use information to users. Integration of CLEAR data is currently supported by the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and Summon from ExLibris. Colleges wishing to benefit from discovery layer integration need to operate their own instance of CLEAR through OCLS's CLEAR Local cost-recovery service.

Example of CLEAR database information integrated into EDS:

Screenshot of usage rights information being displayed in the EBSCO Discovery Service interface.

Example of CLEAR database information integrated into Summon:

Screenshot of usage rights displayed inside the Summon discovery interface.

To learn more about this service, watch the recorded webinar on the CLEAR discover layer integration or contact Coralee Leroux.

Automated Harvests Using OAI-PMH

OCLS is also working to enable automatic harvesting of metadata records for collections shared by a majority of the colleges using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

The aim of this initiative is to reduce the need for local management of metadata records for collections that are shared with multiple colleges. This is achieved through the central editing and loading of records into the Colleges Union Catalogue (CUC), complete with the required links that make the described content available through each of the individual college authentication protocols. Thanks to automated harvesting through OAI-PMH, relevant records are regularly and seamlessly loaded and updated in college discovery layers. OAI-PMH harvesting offers streamlined access to end users, without requiring college library staff to locally add metadata records to their catalogue.

The automated harvesting of metadata records from the CUC is currently being piloted using the Colleges eBook Consortium collections, but will be expanded to other shared collections where the central management of records can be beneficial to colleges.

The Open Archives Initiative has its roots in the open access movements and has expanded to promote broad access to digital resources for eScholarship, eLearning, and eScience. OAI-PMH is a low-barrier mechanism for repository interoperability. Automatic harvests using OAI-PMH are currently enabled with EDS and OCLS is working to set up the same fonctionallity in Summon. Contact Stacey Boileau and Thomas Guignard for more information.

Pertinence.ca is a consulting firm in Canada offering applied research and project management in library solutions. Pertinence.ca was engaged by OCLS to facilitate the CLEAR Database project as well as the OAI-PMH project. Contact Liana Giovando, the Principal Consultant at Pertinence.ca, for more information.