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Building an open source single-search discovery implementation

Lehigh University implemented and user tested a new single-search discovery experience this year, with the goal to simplify our library homepage with a single search box and a (default) results page that brings together resources from all of our public-facing platforms. We prototyped new functionality and integrations on the VuFind platform, and A/B tested variations with our stakeholders to find a UX that worked. New features we developed and contributed to the open source community include database recommendations that pull from both the article results and the A-Z list, a suggested librarian based on bibliographic call number ranges, and various UX improvements to VuFind’s existing combined search. Data sources include open source platforms – FOLIO, ReShare, Islandora – as well as EDS, EBSCO Publication Finder and LibGuides A-Z Databases. The poster will show the various integrations and UX improvements, including those that came from testing, and what we have planned next.


3:30 PM