Cheltenham College

Federated Search is a very beneficial tool for our students. It is easy to use and students enjoy using Oliver and the Federated Search functionality for research

Beren-Dain Delbrooke-Jones, Librarian

About Cheltenham College

Established in 1841 Cheltenham College is a public co-educational boarding and day school based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The college educates students aged from 13 to 18 and has an enviable reputation for academic achievement.

The Cheltenham College library uses Oliver as their library management software. Oliver not only provides management functionality but supports the college in easing the discovery and delivery of learning resources for their students. One of the key roles of the library staff at the college is to guide students in the development of research skills for further education.

Implementing Federated Search

The college has a number of subscription databases and information sources, including EBSCO sources. These sources are available for students to utilise for research and reference in their projects and coursework.

The librarian at the college decided to implement the Oliver v5’s Federated Search in order to make the research process more seamless.

Before implementing Federated Search, students had to move between the library catalogue and into each subscription database and information source separately. Federated Search allows students to now search each database and the library catalogue in one click, gaining better quality and accurate search results.

Beren-Dain Delbrooke-Jones, Librarian at Cheltenham College states:

“Federated Search is a very beneficial tool for our students. It is easy to use and students enjoy using Oliver and the Federated Search functionality for research, as it gives them all the information they need with accurate results, without having to sift through lots of information sources unnecessarily.”

Federated Search supporting digital literacy

Federated Search is a core part of the functionality students are guided to use. During library induction sessions and library lessons every student receives an overview on using it. The library staff deliver workshops to students that support projects taking place across school departments, during these workshops students are encouraged and shown how to use Federated Search to support the research for their projects.

Beren-Dain concludes,

“With so much information available online for students to access they automatically go to search engines to find what they need. Federated Search defers students from using the search engines; instead they use relevant, curated information sources, helping them identify the difference between good and irrelevant or misleading information. With Federated Search we have seen an improvement in the development of students’ research skills”

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