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This paper compares implementing the VuFind “nextgeneration catalog” and SerialsSolutions®’ Summon™ “Web-scale discovery service” at an academic library. Different though complementary, and both positively disruptive, these systems each offer easier searching for users through leveraging metadata. The paper discusses aspects of each implementation including purpose, function, architecture and development model, faceted interface, metadata management and interoperability, governance and project management, and differing perceptions and feedback from librarians and users.

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Bair, Sheila, Scott Garrison, and George Boston. “Taming Lightning in More Than One Bottle: Implementing a Local Next-Generation Catalog Versus a Hosted Web-Scale Discovery Service.” In ACRL 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 30-April 2, 2011. (Chicago: American Library Association, 2011)