Ever wish your library online catalog could search like Google? There are several groups out there attempting to bridge this divide, including open source initiatives like Blacklight and VuFind, and vendor-based solutions like Summon.
The problem with traditional search tools is that they “reinforce the idea that library users need a clear understanding of the different materials involved in research… such as the difference between articles and monographs. New interfaces that mix many different information sources blur all that…”
Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education