Purpose – Integration of library services via automated means does not require that the patron make abrupt shifts between interfaces or tools in order to take advantage of the vast array of resources a modern academic library provides. This can be accomplished in a seamless manner. This column aims to explore ways in which libraries can leverage the data sources of their parent institution to provide robust resources in the environments where their constituents typically perform their day to day work. Design/methodology/approach – A literature review was done, but the column primarily relies on the experience of the author. Findings – This column just scratches the surface for how libraries can better “fit in” with their parent institutions by leveraging already existing data sources. While this requires a high degree of cooperation with institutional partners, the return on that investment is very valuable. Originality/value – Integration services are a key area in the provisioning of library services and content. Institutional data sources provide a rich source of information for catering library resources and content to individual students and faculty.
OCLC Systems & Services – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 16, 2013
Keywords: Data integration; Learning management; Content management; Resource syndication; Libraries; Resource allocation; Integration