ERIC Number: EJ804641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-15
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Google Books vs. BISON: Is the BISON Catalog Going the Way of Its Namesake?
Ludwig, Mark J.; Wells, Margaret R.
Library Journal, v133 n11 p30-33 Jun 2008
Just as the Internet is likely to be one of the most disruptive overall technologies of a man's lifetime, Google Books may become one of the most disruptive technologies for academic libraries. The immediate challenge is that Google Book's deeper indexing and more advanced relevancy ranking usually works better than that of local catalogs--and it always returns results. With library catalogs, bigger is better, and one all-inclusive silo is preferable to lots of little ones. As Google Books grow to contain the best collections of the best libraries, it is unclear where middle-tier, flat-budget academic libraries will be left. As the online holdings of Google Books increases, will delivery request traffic dwindle? With this background in mind, the authors decided to put Google Books to the test and compared its search results to the University at Buffalo's new BISON (Buffalo Information System ONline) catalog. They examined one typical day of searching from the logs of BISON and got every search and the count of results. Then, they ran this same set of searches against Google Books and compared them. This article discusses the test of search results from the BISON catalog against those from Google Books which raises many questions, including whether BISON is going the way of its namesake.
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