Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Making Library Resources 'Discoverable

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Making Library Resources 'Discoverable

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Making Library Resources 'Discoverable'

"I didn't know the library had that," are words that make librarians cringe. We know that we have great resources, whether they're in print, audio, video, or electronic formats. Through current technologies we can provide access to materials that just a few years ago were beyond our reach. Yet, all too often our users are not able to find the best resources for their needs. Discovery platforms, also referred to as discovery tools, are designed to help users conduct more successful searches of the library's resources. As I worked on this column, I learned not only about the existing tools but also about how these tools need to evolve.

FUMSI Article: 'Next Generation Catalogues, Discovery Interfaces and Their Role in Helping Meet Changing User Needs'

This article by Fiona Bradley offers an introduction to discovery layer software, but it also discusses some important issues surrounding their use. This includes privacy implications and the need for these products to evolve for mobile use. That's where new technologies such as augmented reality offer potential for enhanced capabilities.

Open discovery of library resources: The Digital Library Federation's ILS-Discovery interface recommendations

John Mark Ockerbloom of the University of Pennsylvania gave a NISO webinar on the DLF recommendations for discovery interfaces. This PDF file contains both the slides from the presentation as well as his speaker's script.

'Mark Dahl on Library Discovery Systems in the Web Environment'

This video on YouTube is Mark Dahl speaking about his article in the OLA Quarterly for the Seattle Pacific University's staff retreat, which was held in September 2009.

Notes from the MWI0 Discussion Forum 'Discovery Systems: Solutions a User Could Love?'

Machine-Assisted Reference Services (MARS) Local Systems & Services held a discussion forum at ALA's 2010 Midwinter Meeting. Notes from the forum, which featured panelists Marshall Breeding, Cody Hanson, Frances McNamara, and Barbara DeFelice, are available at ALA Connect. …

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