Marshall Breeding’s article from the Jan/Feb 2014 American Libraries, “Web-Scale Discovery Services,” has a number of great points, but one stood out to me: Libraries work with a number of companies that believe, while providing information access is all well and good, it’s distinctly secondary to the bottom line.
Many of our articles discuss how we can best share information across platforms and schemas, but some of our business partners see “one-stop discovery service” and read “competitor’s attempt to reduce use of our search products.” This is compounded when the company that makes the search service is also a company that provides electronic databases with proprietary information. Maybe EBSCO and ProQuest just don’t want to share data with each other. And even if they did, maybe the result rankings would just, oh, favor their own stuff a little.
And let’s not discuss e-books and business competition.