Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) has introduced a new search tool to simplify research. The new EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) searches across all the journals, magazines, encyclopedias and citation databases that KYVL provides to the Commonwealth, and increases findability through a customizable front end powered by an advanced search system.

KYVL, an operating unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education, is a statewide consortium which serves libraries of the public universities and colleges, the community and technical college system, over 30 independent colleges and universities, public and private K-12 schools, public libraries, and hospitals across the state. The library brings member libraries together to lower costs and improve efficiencies through joint purchasing and shared resources.

The Kentucky Virtual Library’s high quality resources are now easily accessible via a single search portal. KYVL has also created boxes that group resources organized by age and subject interest, which allows easier retrieval of magazine and journal articles, ebooks and newspapers.

“The EDS Service gives citizens of all ages a single entry point to discover and retrieve articles, ebooks, primary sources and other materials they need to meet their needs for school, work and life. EBSCO is a committed partner to KYVL’s mission of providing equitable access to high quality information in an easy manner,” stated KYVL Director Enid Wohlstein.

KYVL is introducing a contest to help name the new search tool. Contest details and the entry form at located at http://www.kyvl.org/NametheSearchContest.shtm. Entries will be accepted through the end of March. KYVL will be giving away new devices provided by sponsors, including an iPad2, to highlight mobile access of the new service.

More information is available at www.kyvl.org.


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