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When will my library’s local resources be included in the Discovery search?

Alternate Question(s):

Are my library’s local resources included in the discovery search? How do I get my library’s local resources included in the discovery search?


The first phase of GALILEO focused on replacing the federated search tool in the GALILEO interface with a EDS-powered discovery search. GALILEO worked behind-the-scenes with EBSCO to create custom community-based search profiles for each GALILEO institution, which the GALILEO system uses for searching from the GALILEO interface. Local resources that are obtained by a library through EBSCO directly or through GALILEO cost-sharing will be included in search results as well as linking.

The Discovery index has been shaped for each community-based profile to ensure that the most appropriate indexes are included for that community, including:

  • any EBSCO database managed by GALILEO on behalf of the institution
  • any indexing for any content managed by GALILEO on behalf of the institution
  • indexing for content included in the discovery index that is not part of the known licensing but could be accessible via SFX
  • indexing for which there is strong likelihood of a user linking to full-text via SFX linking

Some content that libraries have licensed locally will require additional coordination to enable in search results. This process and others related to local resources are currently being addressed in more detail during the localization phase.

  • Customization opportunities made available to USG, TCSG, AMPALS, GPALS, GISA, regional public library systems, and K12 school systems
  • EDS is administered through the EBSCO administrative interface by GALILEO for the GALILEO consortia. However, individual libraries can also share administrative access. Procedures and policies are being developed to address how to share administration, both preventing disruption of the GALILEO service and providing opportunities for libraries to localize.
  • Key considerations for libraries include required branding (GALILEO@YourInstitution), library staff resources for managing customizations, shared administrative access with GALILEO staff, training, and implementation processes
  • EDS offers a limited set of pre-defined interface customization options, including:

    • Position and size of GALILEO@YourInstitution logo on various screens
    • Position and URL’s of links on the toolbar/header
    • Interface colors
    • Widgets for instant messaging, Ask-a-Librarian, external dynamic results (images from Flickr, videos from YouTube, or results from Google Books), links to frequently-used content sources, such as LibGuides, or custom messages or other text, such as Library hours or upcoming events
  • EDS offers other customization choices related to inclusion of indexed catalogs and collections, default search options, and presentation of results

If your institution is interested in including your local resources in the discovery search, please contact GALILEO staff.


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Keywords: discover galileo, discovery, search

Last Updated: Wed, March 05, 2014 - 10:27:16