292 pages, b/w illustrations, tables
In the context of libraries, "discovery" is the process of finding appropriate resources to meet an information need. We are in a new age of discovery where technology has enabled today's researchers to explore increasingly vaster realms of information more efficiently than ever before.
What cutting-edge tools and services are emerging from the growing suite of discovery interfaces and indexes? Where is "discovery" going, and what tools and techniques are emerging as standard elements in the library technology toolbox?
Exploring Discovery examines the range of discovery-focused tools and technologies being deployed by libraries and provides a series of case studies illustrating the interfaces and technologies that can be used by libraries today.
The key topics covered include:
- vendor-provided web scale discovery platforms
- using discovery vendors in small and mid-sized libraries
- libraries, archives and museums sharing a single discovery tool
- custom discovery systems built with open-source software including Blacklight
- discovery on a shoestring
- integrating discovery to improve user experience
- different discovery interfaces
- metadata challenges in discovery services
- Open Access and discovery tools
- regional aggregation and discovery of digital collections
PART 1: VENDED DISCOVERY SYSTEMS
1. Collaborative Growth Towards Discovery: Becoming Stronger Through Change - Margaret Heller and Hong Ma
2. Approaching Discovery as Part of a Library Service Platform: Lessons Learned - Nathan Hosburgh
3. When You Rent Your Front Door: A Mid-Size Library’s Experiences Relying on Discovery Vendors - Stephen Bollinger and Kate Silton
4. Exploring Discovery @ Rosenberg Library: What Happens when a Library, a Museum,and an Archives Get Together to Share a Single Discovery Tool? - T. Louise M. Kidder
PART 2: CUSTOM DISCOVERY SYTEMS
5. Geospatial Resource Discovery - Darren Hardy, Jack Reed, and Bess Sadler
6. Discovery on a Shoestring: Implementing a Full-Functioned Discovery Tool with Free Software and No-Extra-Charge Metadata Sources - Julia Bauder
7. Agile Open-Source Discovery: Blacklight with EBSCO Discovery Service - Sam Popowich
8. Using Blacklight for Archival Discovery - Adam Wead and Jennie Thomas
9. Creating a “Magical” Request and Delivery Experience for Patrons using a Blacklight-Based Catalog - Matthew Connolly, Jennifer Colt, Joanne Leary, and Melissa Wallace
PART 3: INTERFACES
10. The Bento Box Design Pattern - Jason Thomale, William Hicks, and Mark Phillips
11. One-to-Many: Building a Single-Search Interface for Disparate Resources - Cole Hudson and Graham Hukill
12. Integrating Discovery to Improve the User Experience - Sonya Betz and Ian Roberton
13. Fixing Facets - Sean Hannan, Steven Heslip, and Kristen Johannes
14. One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Tailoring Discovery through User Testing - Joseph Deodata, Khalilah Gambrell, and Eric Frierson
PART 4: CONTENT AND METADATA
15. From User Stories to Working Code: A Case Study from NYU’sDigital Collections Discovery Initiative - Daniel Lovins
16. Regional Aggregation and Discovery of Digital Collections:The Mountain West Digital Library - Anna Neatrour, Rebekah Cummings, and Sandra McIntyre
17. Open Access and Discovery Tools: How Do Primo Libraries Manage Green Open Access Collections? - François Renaville
18. Discovery Platforms and the Database of Record - Alan Manifold
19. Know Thy Metadata: Metadata Challengesin Discovery Services - Myung-Ja K. Han and William Fletcher Weathers
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Kenneth J. Varnum is the Web Systems Manager at the University of Michigan Library, where he manages the library web site and development of new features and functionality. An active member of the library technology world for 18 years, Ken's research and professional interests range from Drupal and site redesign to user-generated content.