Chapter 3. Knowledge Bases and Library Services Platforms

Kristen Wilson


Chapter 3 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 52, no. 6), “The Knowledge Base at the Center of the Universe"

Explores the intersection between knowledge bases and library services platforms (LSPs), a new generation of systems that aim to bring together core activities previously dispersed between discovery tools, electronic resources management systems, and integrated library systems.

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