Chapter 3. Relationship with Discovery

Marshall Breeding


Library services platforms are considered in this report as a distinct category of software from discovery services. For many of the products the same organization can offer a product in both categories. This chapter examines the relationship between these products and what issues are involved if a library chooses to use products from different providers. Product pairs considered include Alma and Primo from Ex Libris; WorldShare Management Services and WorldCat Discovery Service from OCLC; and Summon and Intota from ProQuest. EBSCO information offers EBSCO Discovery Service and has not developed a library services platform and instead relies on a strategy of integrating with all resource management systems. Kuali OLE does not include a discovery component and requires that a library address this functionality separately.

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Marshall Breeding, “OPAC Sustenance: Ex Libris to Serve Up Primo,” Smart Libraries Newsletter 26, no. 3 (March 2006): 1, accessed May 6, 2015,


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