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The Art Libraries Society of North America recently published an online review of the ACI Scholarly Blog Index, a scholarly blog discovery service that provides researchers with a robust search engine, a unique combination of workflow, discussion, and citation tools, and an index to scholarly blog content. The review is authored by Lora Farrell, Catalog & Digital Services Librarian at the Kansas City Art Institute Jannes Library. With more than 1,000 members and growing, the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is an organization dedicated to art and design librarianship and image management, serving the needs of librarians, curators, educators, publishers, artists, and art information researchers throughout North America.

“ACI Scholarly Blog Index aggregates a world flourishing with creative, unique scholarly work. The works included make the Index worthy of consideration for adding to one’s institutional holdings. Researchers in many disciplines will benefit from access to this resource.”
Lora Farrell, ARLIS/NA Review, February 2016

In her review, Lora found ACI’s search interface to be intuitive and accessible to researchers. “The Index is very user friendly,” Lora writes, “with a clean, uncluttered design and a single search box in the middle of the screen.” During her evaluation of the scope of available content, she noted that – despite covering such diverse disciplines as social science, law, and STEM fields – ACI’s coverage of art content is nevertheless comprehensive, with an exact-phrase search for “artist’s book” yielding 860 results alone. She also found example search results to be robust and further refinement easily supported by ACI’s navigation and facet filtering options. She writes that “[s]earches yield fruitful results, benefitting authors and readers symbiotically. The layout of the search results encourages users to turn a query into a fulfilling pilgrimage for more resources.”

In addition to ACI’s comprehensive subject coverage and enhanced navigation options, the reviewer found ACI’s Author Profile section to be especially useful. Designed to foster connection and collaboration, and to provide other avenues for accessing an author’s work and scholarship, the Author Profile provides researchers with comprehensive information regarding every blogger’s credentials, societal affiliations, and social and professional platforms. In addition to providing direct links to common social media platforms, the Author Profile also includes direct profile links to professional identifier and academic platforms that author may be profiled in, such as as ORCID, ISNI, and Academia.edu. “Author information in the detailed record includes credentials and awards, live links to the author’s presence on social media, including LinkedIn and Twitter, and a Twitter feed, as relevant,” Lora writes. “This useful section succinctly brings together all of the author’s credentials.”

“Scholars and leaders in a variety of disciplines are expressing their work through blogs, but heretofore there has been no reliable way to find or authenticate blog publications. The ACI Scholarly Blog Index is filling this niche by aggregating and authenticating work published online through social media.”
Lora Farrell, ARLIS/NA Review, February 2016

ACI also has numerous workflow tools to benefit scholarly blog researchers, such as Bookmarks for saving standalone articles, Lists for curating and organizing article collections by topic or project, and the ACI Stream, which allows researchers to view articles across all lists they subscribe to or maintain, ordered by the most recently-added post. “Enhancements such as Bookmarks, Lists, and ACI Stream allow users to save and access relevant materials every time they log in,” Lora writes. Other ACI researcher tools include citation, sharing, and productivity tools, as well as numerous export options – including one-click compatibility with commonly-used citation and reference managers like Mendeley, RefWorks, and EndNote.

ACI Scholarly Blog Index aggregates a world flourishing with creative, unique scholarly work,” concludes Lora in her ARLIS/NA review of ACI. “The works included make the Index worthy of consideration for adding to one’s institutional holdings. Researchers in many disciplines will benefit from access to this resource.”

“Searches yield fruitful results, benefitting authors and readers symbiotically. The layout of the search results encourages users to turn a query into a fulfilling pilgrimage for more resources.”
Lora Farrell, ARLIS/NA Review, February 2016

Researchers in all libraries – including those dedicated to art, design, architecture, and other arts-related fields – will benefit from ACI’s scholarly blog discovery service and research toolkit. Contact us today for a free university trial for your library – complete with custom portal and logo – so that librarians, students, and faculty in your institution can explore ACI’s comprehensive collection of scholarly blogs in every academic discipline.


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