Vendor session V-4: Third Iron
ID: 267 / Vendor session V-4: 1
Improving Researcher Workflow with One-Click Access to Content in Discovery Services, PubMed, and the Open Web.
ThirdIron, United States of America
In 2011, authors of the influential article “Shapes in the Cloud” wrote, “The barometer of user expectations for searching library resources has been defined by Google.” Today, user expectations have evolved so this sentiment can be restated as “The barometer of user expectations for access library resources has been defined by SciHub.”
Clinicians and researchers expect the process of accessing articles to be fast, seamless and intuitive. Yet for most, getting to full text means going through link resolvers, a process that many users find as a time consuming and often confusing process of clicking through multiple screens. In fact, studies shows that an increasing number of users conduct their searching and look for full text outside the library because it is perceived as faster and easier.
To address this problem, Third Iron developed LibKey, a technology that simplifies and expedites the path to content. Over the past year, hundreds of libraries have integrated LibKey technology into PubMed and commercial discovery services to deliver one-click access to millions of subscribed and open articles. This session reports on how these integrations are being used, what the data shows about their use, and how simplifying access to content can be extended in new ways. All in a way that benefits users and keeps libraries central to the research process.