Growing a library portal from vision to reality

Kellie Mueller, Jennifer Bremner

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    Abstract

    The topic of library portals has generated many metaphors, but few concrete examples the vision for search portals is one that entices. We know what we want to do; provide users with streamlined access to multiple resources and create a user centered customizable electronic presence that enables them to fully utilize the resources available to them. At Macquarie University Library we have realized, using Fretwell Downing's ZPortal software, an academic library search portal. During the process of that realization we were able to identify gaps between the enticing vision and the practical realities of implementing and maintaining such a search portal. This paper will explore these gaps in the context of the common vision held for library search portals and Macquarie University Library's experience focusing on the challenges we encountered during the process of creating a user-centered search portal. As an early adopter of this search portal approach our goal is to share the lessons we learnt in order to facilitate the development of future academic library portals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEDUCAUSE in Australasia 03
    Subtitle of host publicationexpanding the learning community - meeting the challenges
    Place of PublicationAdelaide, South Aust.
    PublisherCausal Productions
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)1876346477
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    EventEDUCAUSE in Australasia 03 : expanding the learning community - meeting the challenges - Adelaide, South Aust.
    Duration: 6 May 20039 May 2003

    Conference

    ConferenceEDUCAUSE in Australasia 03 : expanding the learning community - meeting the challenges
    CityAdelaide, South Aust.
    Period6/05/039/05/03

    Keywords

    • library portals

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    Mueller, K., & Bremner, J. (2003). Growing a library portal from vision to reality. In EDUCAUSE in Australasia 03: expanding the learning community - meeting the challenges Adelaide, South Aust.: Causal Productions.