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February 22, 2005

Google Scholar and RedLightGreen need a sandbox

There's been much buzz in the past couple of days about Google Scholar's Scholar Preferences, which provides support for Institutional Access. Probably a hundred or more librarians (like myself) have already bombarded Google Scholar with emails to have their respective institutions added to the list. Many people have noted, and rightly so, that Google Scholar will eventually bump up against issues of scale: who and how many institutions will make it to the coveted institutional list?

My suggestion is that Google Scholar and RedLightGreen get a sandbox. And play. I'm not advocating that the two necessarily amalgamate in any way. I'm thinking that Google Scholar could take some pointers from the way that RLG customizes searches to local institutions.

'Get It' customization from RedLightGreen

Unless of course Google Scholar intends to maintain the list as-is. I'm hoping that won't be the case, and that they take Paul up on his idea.

Posted on February 22, 2005 11:49 AM to on my mind . . .