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ALA 2012 – Sunday, June 24th, 2012 – Discovery Systems: The Promise and the Reality July 12, 2012

Filed under: ALA 2012 — ellie @ 1:48 am

Discovery Systems: The Promise and the Reality

A new era of discovery systems commenced in 2008 with the release of services such as Summon (Serials Solutions), EBSCO Discovery Service, Primo Central (ExLibris) and OCLC’s WorldCat Local. They promised to revolutionize how students and researchers discover, access and use library resources of all types, and aim to provide a Google-like search experience for library collections without the pitfalls of federated searching. Consequently, librarians can focus on promoting information literacy rather than teaching information navigation techniques. This program examines how well discovery systems deliver on their promises four years into their development.

Session URL: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/1096

My notes:

Part 1: Mashall Breeding – overview and recent trends and developments

  • noticing a difference between public and academic adoption – public more focused on social and interaction, academic more about getting at all the formats
  • index based discovery – challenge of relevancy – some citations, some marc records, some full text

Part 2: discovery environments : are users getting what they want? –  Barbara DeFelice (different colleague representing her?)

  • Dartmouth College has Summon
  • did a survey
  • showed the top 10 importance by undergrad, grad and faculty
  • summon ranked poorly for meets needs
  • tracked with year in college to not meet needs later (senior)
  • did focus groups
  • differences between undergrad, grad, faculty

Part 3: Mark Dehmlow

  • notre dame guy – primo
  • making contextual search boxes – e.g. Psychology libguide having it’s own search box
  • university of north florida
  • print budget going up, circulation going down
  • full text downloads rose 70% after webscale
  • ebooks went up 2351%
  • first question they ask database vendors is does it work in our webscale system
  • ILL went down
  • tips:
    • chose to have link resolver and web scale from the same vendor
    • fine tune your link resolver (pushing worse ones down, like we do)
    • matching databases to web scale system – chose the best combo and that meant changing some databases
    • promote the tool – made posters
    • database use up -> cost/use down
    • eliminated MARC data loads into catalog – unclear which things
    • new focus – full text downloads, not searches

Part 4: Cody Hanson – Discovery at the University of Minnesota

  • planned out what they want from a service without looking at  available services
  • currently in procurement process
  • products on the market are as different as they are similar

I was also interested in seeing:

Emerging Research in Collection Management & Development Forum

The purpose of this forum is to nurture new authors by giving them an opportunity to present research and receive feedback as they prepare manuscripts for publication. Proposals for the forum were refereed by the ALCTS/CMS Publications Committee. The first presentation, by Kristin E. Martin, Sandra L. De Groote, and Deborah D. Blecic from the University of Illinois at Chicago, is entitled “Comparison of Citation Use Patterns to Link Resolver and Vendor Statistics in Journals in the Health Sciences Fields.” The second presentation, by David Beales from California Polytechnic State University (formerly from Imperial College London), is entitled “Modeling the Cost of Abandoning the Big Deal: A Case Study from the UK.”

Session URL: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/366

And

The Personal Librarian: Easing Adult Learners’ Transition in College

Adult learners are often tasked with overcoming the pressures of returning to college. Students can feel overwhelmed with schedules, studying, and advancing technology. As non-traditional students may experience anxiety from academic stress, a personal touch can help them through the process. This presentation will discuss the process of building relationships with adult learners. Attendees will learn ways to reach non-traditional students and address their research and technology needs.

Session URL: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/1224

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