Friday, June 19, 2009

Towards OpenURL Quality Metrics: Initial Findings

Presentations at the 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference

ABSTRACT: The OpenURL standard is a widely deployed technology to facilitate linking to resources across the library supply chain. The OpenURL formatted URL carries the data about an item to the link resolver of the library. The resolver compares the metadata embedded within the OpenURL with what is held in the library’s collection and presents the available options in a results page. For a book, there is usually a link to the library’s catalog card; for an article, ideally this is a link directly to the full-text of the article. At a typical academic library thousands of OpenURL requests are initiated by patrons each week. The problem is, too often these links do not work as expected, leaving patrons frustrated by a lower than desired quality of service. In this presentation Adam Chander will share early findings from an investigation into the feasibility of creating industry wide metrics for evaluating and comparing the quality of OpenURL implementations across vendors.


ERM Interest group
Friday, July 10, 6:30 - 8:30
Location: Palmer House, Chicago Room

Continuing Resources College and Research Libraries Interest Group
Saturday, July 11, 10:30-12.00.
Location: TBA

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