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Academic and Research Libraries' Portals: A Literature Review From 2003 to the Present

Academic and Research Libraries' Portals: A Literature Review From 2003 to the Present
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Author(s): Barbara Blummer (Center for Computing Sciences, USA) and Jeffrey M. Kenton (Towson University, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 35
Source title: Digitizing the Modern Library and the Transition From Print to Electronic
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Raj Kumar Bhardwaj (St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2119-8.ch002

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Abstract

This chapter presents a synthesis of the literature on academic library portals. Library portals remain a component of the modern academic library. Portal features differ, but typically contain a single authentication process and access to metadata as well as some services (Laouar, Hacken, & Miles, 2009). The authors examined 87 papers in their review. This examination revealed six themes including: developing library portals, utilizing assessment strategies, collaborating on portal projects, incorporating personalization and customization features, conducting environmental scans, and creating instructional portals. The authors assigned themes to the papers based on the primary focus of the material. The findings revealed various issues with the development of academic library portals. The content of academic library portals continues to evolve as their importance to the user increases. Ultimately, an examination of the literature illustrated academic libraries' efforts to remain relevant through the availability of new resources and services on their portals.

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