SeeSearch discovery tool launches with South Dublin Libraries

David Garvan & Dr Hilary Kenna, SeeSearch
Pictured: David Garvan & Dr Hilary Kenna, SeeSearch

IADT spinout offers multimedia resource search

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25 June 2014 | 0

SeeSearch, an online search and discovery tool that enables library customers to find information more easily, was launched today at South Dublin Libraries by Mayor Fintan Warfield. SeeSearch allows customers to use their computers and mobile devices both in the library and at home to find information on books, articles and multimedia files.

Previously, library users needed to carry out separate searches of the multiple libraries in the library’s catalogue. Now, customers and staff can perform a single search across all resources. In addition, SeeSearch provides visual search results which help customers and staff see all the resources available and to browse and select from the range of hits returned.

SeeSearch was designed by Dr Hilary Kenna, a lecturer in design at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) who has been developing the idea over the last two years with funding from Enterprise Ireland’s commercialisation fund.

In October 2013, Dr Kenna spun out a start-up company, Vizolve, with David Garvan, lead developer of SeeSearch, to develop and sell the product. Since then, they have secured investment from start-up accelerator Wayra and Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Programme.

Dr Kenna said: “When I presented the concept for SeeSearch to South Dublin Libraries, County Librarian Georgina Byrne was immediately interested because coincidentally at the time, they were looking for an all-in-one discovery solution. Since that meeting we have been collaborating with South Dublin Libraries in developing SeeSearch, from its features and application to the information resources that South Dublin Libraries offers to its customers.”

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