Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Rethinking Library Linking: Breathing New Life into OpenURL

Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Rethinking Library Linking: Breathing New Life into OpenURL

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In this issue of Library Technology Reports, authors Cindi Trainor and Jason Price revisit OpenURL and library linking. The OpenURL framework for context-sensitive linking has been in use for a decade, during which library collections and users' behaviors have undergone radical change. This report examines how libraries can make use of web usability principles and data analysis to improve their local resolver installations and looks to the wider web for what the future of this integral library technology might hold.

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Jason S. Price is the Collections and Acquisitions Manager at the Claremont Colleges Library. He has a PhD in Plant Evolutionary Ecology from Indiana University Bloomington where be cut his teeth as a teacher and researcher before earning an MLS from IU-SLIS. After spending ten years as a graduate student, he thoroughly enjoys applying his hard won analytical skills to current library challenges. His role as E-resource Package Analyst/Consultant for the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium provides opportunities to work with publishers, vendors and libraries to improve products and increase pricing equity. …

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