CCRLS Library Visibility Project


The importance of 'visibility'

The Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service is pleased to announce new discovery options for library catalog records - through popular search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. Paired with our existing online catalog, this exciting development makes CCRLS library collections even more accessible, regardless of where our patrons choose to start their search.

Until recently, library catalog records (commonly known as MARC records) could not be directly discovered in commercial search engines. MARC records are rich in data and yet the MARC format itself was designed well before the popularization of the internet; as such, it is not generally compatible with search engine 'crawlers' and indexing utilities. Consequently, much of the data from these records has been invisible to the web at large.



How CCRLS libraries are becoming more visible

Our new web visibility initiative is the result of BLUEcloud Visibility, a tool created by our library software provider, SirsiDynix. BLUEcloud Visibility transforms detailed library MARC records into BIBFRAME, a new type of library record that is indexable by search engines.



See it in action!

Visit Google and conduct a search (i.e. an author name), being sure to include 'ccrls' along with your other search terms...



Look for CCRLS library items in your results...



Follow them through our visibility pages...



....and on to the CCRLS catalog, where you can determine which of our member libraries has copies, place a hold, etc...





How you can help improve CCRLS library visibility

As with many large-scale projects, we acknowledge that this is a work-in-progress.

When searching, you might find that CCRLS member library items are not at the top of your results; you may also find that some search engines are quicker to pick up our content than others. Library records are late in coming to the web, so it will take time for our records to become more immediately visible. Search engines prefer reliable sources like libraries and sites that people visit frequently. As more patrons discover our library resources in this manner, we can expect those resources to appear more often at the top of search results.

Gradual improvements in relevance means that search engines will eventually be able to deliver library catalog records without requiring that 'ccrls' be included in the search terms. Instead, CCRLS patrons will be able to simply search for a title, author or subject and a search engine will pair the searcher’s geo-location with result data, surfacing library-specific options.

You can help CCRLS improve our relevance in search engine results by simply searching for us. Use Google, Yahoo or Bing to search for titles and follow the links to CCRLS results. As more people show our resources to be popular and useful, search engines will respond in kind - by giving our results preference in the mix of everything else they return.


Give us a search. We look forward to giving you results! 




For questions about this project, please contact us at contact@ccrls.org or 503-399-5165.