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This article describes the vision of the Association of Research Libraries for a Scholars Portal, a single point of access to quality and library‐vetted information. The current status of the project to trial the system is described, with comments on important issues that have arisen, such as...
The article sets out a definition of the main functional elements of “portals” as supplied by library management system (LMS) suppliers, also touching on related technology. It lists the benefits and considers continuing issues. It concludes by suggesting the main criteria a library would...
There are a number of portal products and solutions in the library marketplace, many of which have been developed by library management system (LMS) suppliers. The main system features and some of the more significant examples of commercial library portal products are described in this article....
This article outlines the work of the PORTAL (Presenting natiOnal Resources To Audiences Locally) project. The recently published Stakeholder Requirements for Institutional Portals report involved consultation with over 600 stakeholders from across the higher and further education community and...
This article outlines the implementation of MetaLib and SFX at Loughborough University. It includes details of the timescale, work and staff involved, how the services work, usage and the reactions of readers.
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) information environment aims to offer seamless and integrated access to a wide range of digital collections and resources through a common interface. Portals are a primary means through which such resources will be delivered to users, facilitating...
Examines the need for structured text (STX), explains its format – simple or hierarchical structures and other conventions, lists its benefits and limitations, and delinates usage scenarios and products. Concludes that many Web services could benefit from STX, if only as a stepping‐stone to...
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