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Ranking library materials

Ranking library materials Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss ranking factors suitable for library materials and to show that ranking in general is a complex process and that ranking for library materials requires a variety of techniques. Design/methodology/approach – The relevant literature is reviewed to provide a systematic overview of suitable ranking factors. The discussion is based on an overview of ranking factors used in web search engines. Findings – While there are a wide variety of ranking factors applicable to library materials, today's library systems use only some of them. When designing a ranking component for the library catalogue, an individual weighting of applicable factors is necessary. Research limitations/implications – While the paper discusses different factors, no particular ranking formula is given. However, the paper presents the argument that such a formula must always be individual to a certain use case. Practical implications – The factors presented can be considered when designing a ranking component for a library's search system or when discussing such a project with an ILS vendor. Originality/value – The paper is original in that it is the first to systematically discuss ranking of library materials based on the main factors used by web search engines. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Hi Tech Emerald Publishing

Ranking library materials

Library Hi Tech , Volume 27 (4): 10 – Nov 20, 2009

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0737-8831
DOI
10.1108/07378830911007682
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss ranking factors suitable for library materials and to show that ranking in general is a complex process and that ranking for library materials requires a variety of techniques. Design/methodology/approach – The relevant literature is reviewed to provide a systematic overview of suitable ranking factors. The discussion is based on an overview of ranking factors used in web search engines. Findings – While there are a wide variety of ranking factors applicable to library materials, today's library systems use only some of them. When designing a ranking component for the library catalogue, an individual weighting of applicable factors is necessary. Research limitations/implications – While the paper discusses different factors, no particular ranking formula is given. However, the paper presents the argument that such a formula must always be individual to a certain use case. Practical implications – The factors presented can be considered when designing a ranking component for a library's search system or when discussing such a project with an ILS vendor. Originality/value – The paper is original in that it is the first to systematically discuss ranking of library materials based on the main factors used by web search engines.

Journal

Library Hi TechEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 20, 2009

Keywords: Libraries; Information media; Information management

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