Since I last blogged we’ve not only seen another 2 discovery systems, but also one of our project group members has had a baby (congratulations to Julie, our Journals & E-resources Manager!).
Way back (at least it seem like that long!) on 7th May we saw a demo of Encore from Innovative Interfaces. Group members were impressed by the style of the interface and by how customisable the system was. We liked the disambiguation & the ‘did you mean…’ functionalities, plus the links to sites such as Yahoo Images and Meebo.
The jury was out on a couple of areas – the advanced search, which is still in development and due to be released summer2010, and in the way the results are displayed. Some staff were really keen on the way results are split into ‘catalogue holdings’ and ‘electronic articles’ each time – something we’d not encountered with the other systems seen. Other staff felt this was a disadvantage. So – which is the best method of displaying the results? There’s only one way to find out……….no, not a fight, but user testing, which comes later in this project’s lifecycle.
Next month we have a demo of Enterprise from SirsiDynix, a system which I saw in preview of at a recent SirsiDynix road-show at York St. John University. In addition, some of us will be attending a ‘Summon’ day at the University of Huddersfield next week to hear about the implementation of Summon at both Huddersfield and Northumbria. After this we move on to phase 2 of the project, which involves more testing and stakeholder evaluation.