IPSWICH, Mass. — August 11, 2014 — National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand launched the EBSCO Discovery Service™ API with Koha in April 2014 and is quickly finding success. NIWA sought to implement the EDS API from EBSCO Information Services into their existing Koha – an open source library management system - to minimize change to the library user experience. The integration not only created positive feedback but the library has measured a 10 percent increase in traffic of library resources.
NIWA is a New Zealand Crown Research Institute that specializes in water and atmospheric research. The institute uses a wide range of cutting edge scientific instruments for its research and consultancy. According to Gunilla Jensen, Librarian of Technologies at NIWA, the technology and innovation behind EDS were an important factor in selection process of their discovery service (https://library.niwa.co.nz/) “Providing leading technologies in library and information provision is critical to support and advance research and development activities at NIWA.”
The usability of the EDS API with Koha has played a big role in extending the reach of library resources and ultimately increased traffic at NIWA. According to Jensen “EDS enables our scientists to access our library resources in an easy and user-friendly way. NIWA has offices around New Zealand and with the EDS and other technologies; the centralized library in Wellington is able to provide services to all staff when they need it.”
The EBSCO Discovery Service API enables libraries to use their own portals or website applications for a discovery user interface while making the most of their discovery solution by connecting researchers to the enhanced search features available from EBSCO Discovery Service. The EDS API offers easy integration, provides comprehensive documentation and support, and its straight-forward technology allows libraries to create a unique user interface experience.
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EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 6,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 600,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
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