BDS’s flagship search and discovery tool, BDSLive, has undergone a major revamp.
The new BDSLive expands its range and relevance, improving its offering to libraries while making it a service more relevant to trade and industry bodies.
Added to the popular features such as ISBN look-up, list creation and a host of multimedia extended content, BDS has improved the search engine to achieve greater relevance, added even more extended content, improved responsiveness and included information from Goodreads, IMDb and Discogs. These are accompanied by Thema categories and Accelerated Reader information.
“As I travel the country I listen to users of BDSLive, people who use the product every day,” says Sarah Armitage, Director of Library Sales at BDS. “These upgrades are the result of our customers’ requests and observations.”
The project to improve on an already excellent and successful product has taken several years of work and significant investment of resources from BDS. The work coding, building and designing was undertaken entirely in-house by the BDS web division, BDSDigital.
“In the end, it is all about our customers being able to find exactly what they want as quickly as possible while delivering as much information as each user needs,” continues Sarah. “For example, the inclusion of Goodreads, Discogs, IMDb, Thema and Accelerated Reader information allows for a much greater range and depth of information delivery.
Discogs, a database for music on vinyl, CD, cassette, including commercial releases, promotional releases, and bootleg or off-label releases, and IMDb, (an acronym for Internet Movie Database), a database of information related to world films, television programs, home videos and video games, and internet streams, including cast, production crew and personnel biographies, plot summaries, trivia, and fan reviews and ratings, offer users of BDSLive even greater detail, range and information around music and film titles.
The launch of the new BDSLive took place on 15th October, and current subscribers were seamlessly moved over to the new service.
“It is business as usual,” says Sarah. “There will be no learning curve, but existing users will uncover a whole host of new information. Of course, we hope to attract new users and I am looking forward to demonstrating what I believe to be a marvellous product.”