There are three options within the 360 Link configuration panel:
- No deduplication (show links to all databases that provide full text)
- Duplication by provider (show only links to one databases per provider based on ranking algorithm. Note: We do have complete control over this ranking.)
- Deduplication of all article links (Only show the first link to full text based on ranking of databases regardless if it is available through any other provider or database).
Serial Solutions recommended we set deduplication at the provider level when we set up the resolver. They stated it would do away with long lists of links that may confuse users. Lydia, however, has encountered issues (as described in her email to all librarians). The issues have to do with the ranking of the providers. Each database within a provider can be ranked which allows us to determine which show up first.
To test the deduplication, I have turned it off. You should see this as of tomorrow, 11/18/10. I welcome your feedback as to whether or not you like this or (more importantly) feel our users like it better. Please comment on this blog entry so that everyone can see your feedback. I will leave it off until November 30th and would like to re-evaluate at that time.
I would also like to continue the discussion of direct linking. We can turn direct linking on at any time and the link will go directly to the first database that provides full text based on our ranking, BUT we can show users a link to get back to a list of all databases that provide full text in case that first one didn’t work. Perhaps that discussion would best be done at the nest subject librarians’ meeting? Ideas?