Working closely with EBSCO and Serials Solutions, we have made Prospector available through both Summon and EDS. The Prospector database is available on an FTP site for any system to harvest. It's platform neutral- a basic MARC file exported and updated on a regular basis.
With this new integration, search results from Prospector will appear in the discovery interface along with results from other databases. When a user clicks on a Prospector item, they will go back to the Prospector catalog where they are authenticated to place a request. Check out the Prospector Summon and EDS sites to get an idea of how this works.
The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries currently has over 200 contracts (for ebooks, ejournals and other databases) with vendors and publishers around the world for its member libraries. These contracts save libraries money and often allow libraries to offer content to their readers that would otherwise not be available. Historically these group contracts were only open to libraries which were formal members of the consortium. However, due to a recent policy change in the consortium the Alliance is now opening up these contracts to other libraries in the region (with publisher or vendor approval).
Do you or other staff at your library need a fresh review of Prospector? Are there new staff on board who are unfamiliar with Prospector? If so, we are offering in-person or webinar sessions on Prospector. If this is of interest to you, please contact Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a Prospector overview session. The overview takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, but can be customized as needed.
Welcome to the new Website of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries. The purpose of the redesign was to update our appearance, provide better access to information about our programs and services, and to pull together a disparate group of former Websites under a single umbrella.
Like any Website, the work is never done. We are currently adding additional content for each of the sections and we would welcome any feedback for what you would like to see included.