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Innovative to Enhance Library Subscription Access Through Google Scholar

Innovative Interfaces ( announced that it has entered into a development partnership with Michigan State University Libraries to allow enhanced access to the Libraries' subscription resources through Google Scholar. Millennium, Innovative's integrated library management system, will automatically create the institutional holdings data that will inform Google Scholar of the Libraries' resources.

When users search Google Scholar, the results set will provide the searcher with a WebBridge link to those resources available through Michigan State University Libraries. WebBridge allows library patrons to move between electronic search results and appropriate full text or other enhanced content—including the online library catalog. When a patron selects the WebBridge button, the library's coverage database is consulted to uncover the resources that will best fulfill the patron query.

The partnership with Michigan State will ensure that Google Scholar can perform a similar function before the WebBridge button is even displayed for the library users. In this way, the button will appear more prominently if there is a resource available that matches one of the items in the Google Scholar database. The first step toward making this possible will be the typical designation of Google Scholar as a WebBridge target and origin. The development partnership provides the second step of sharing the data in a form that can be accepted and crawled by Google.

Source: Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

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