Boston College High School has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Information Services as the basis for their library resource Corcoran One Search. After looking at several services, the librarians found that EDS had many highly desirable features including responsive web design, mobile accessibility and an easy-to-use discovery layer platform for students.
As recipient of the 2013 ALA Cutting Edge Technology Award, Boston College High School was looking for approaches that used responsive web design to ‘meet students where they are.’ According to Boston College High School Library Director, Tia Esposito, EDS was the next logical step. “Using EDS and providing our students with a single search option, gives our students an edge, and allows them to keep pace with the fast-moving trend in e-books, online databases, and other digital learning tools right from their phone in a single search. It’s just what they were looking for.”
EBSCO Discovery Service has continued to grow in popularity across the Boston College High School campus due to its ease of use and many unique features such as the AP news updates and Twitter feeds conveniently located on the side bar of the screen. Esposito says, “The feedback from our faculty and students has been extremely positive, some of the classes I presented this new service to found the students so excited by the new ease of use of our library resources that the students actually applauded.”
Boston College High School has also implemented many of the customization features including branding the EDS layout and adding links to their other library pages — making the search experience truly unique for its users.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box-searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.