A resource discovery services (RDS) is a type of software that allows a library user to search multiple catalogues from a single search interface. It is sometimes called “a Google-like search” because the front page is normally simple, with a central search box.
This conference in Bath brought together librarians, library systems people, and systems vendors for an exploration of the issues in selecting, implementing, and operating an RDS.
A library systems vendor dies and goes to hell. He’s ushered into the great hall of suffering, where he sees people writhing in torment and smells the sulphurous brimstone and feels the scorch of flames on his face.
He turns to the imp at his side and says “Wait a minute. This isn’t what I was promised when we made our deal. Where’s the party? Where are the beautiful women and the delicious food? Where’s the music?”
The imp replies, “Back then you were a prospect. Now you’re a client.”