Metasearch Options

Roy Tennant

a part of Planning for Discovery Tools for Library 2.0: 2009 Midwinter Symposium

Abstract: Federated search systems (also called metasearch or cross-database search systems) unify access to multiple sources. Since many library users prefer fewer places to search, libraries can use these systems to simplify the user's interaction with a variety of sources. Tennant will provide an overview of this type of software, identify options, and highlight examples.


Roy Tennant is Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research. He is the owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month since 1990. His books include "Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow" (2008), "Managing the Digital Library" (2004), "XML in Libraries" (2002), "Practical HTML: A Self-Paced Tutorial" (1996), and "Crossing the Internet Threshold: An Instructional Handbook" (1993). Roy wrote a monthly column on digital libraries for Library Journal for a decade and has written numerous articles in other professional journals. In 2003, he received the American Library Association's LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Excellence in Communication for Continuing Education.