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Tuesday, December 12 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Discovery in 2017: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Want to Be?

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Much has been written about library discovery systems; the Renaville bibliography on discovery tools has over 700 entries through 2016. We currently find ourselves in a transition period. This panel presentation will examine the current state-of-the-art of library discovery systems and the role that these systems can play in student and researcher workflows. The panel will examine discovery systems in the context of identified user needs and search behaviors, as revealed in detailed transaction log analyses of user search and clickthrough actions. In the last several years, a number of academic libraries have extended the web-scale discovery systems (WSDS) model by adapting bento style discovery approaches in which search results are partitioned into separate screen result zones (bento boxes) with retrieved content grouped by format or service type. The bento approach is designed to address identified problems with WSDS and meet user needs by optimizing known-item searching, streamlining full-text access, and providing local services, content, and subject specialists. The features and characteristics of 35 bento style systems will be examined in the context of an evidence-based analysis of user needs. Also explored will be the concept of "full library discovery," a phrase first coined by Lorcan Dempsey. Thinking beyond the current array of products, it is important for libraries to examine how evolving scholarly and instructional workflows can better integrate with discovery systems and services.

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Eric Frierson

Sr. Director, Field Engineering, EBSCO
Hey! I'm the team lead for library services engineering and integration for EBSCO. This means I can answer any question you might have about integrating EDS or the EDS API into your library and campus. I'm also a developer, building applications that use our API in outside-of-the-box... Read More →
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William H. Mischo

Head, Grainger Engineering Library Information Center and Berthold Family Professor in Information Access and Discovery, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Michael Norman

Head, Content Access Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Roger C. Schonfeld

Director of Libraries, Scholarly Communications and Museums Program, Ithaka S+R
Roger is program director at Ithaka S+R. There, he leads strategic consulting, surveys, and other research projects, designed for academic libraries, publishers, and scholarly societies. Previously, Roger was a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He received degrees... Read More →

Tuesday December 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm