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Thursday, November 3 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
The Whole Discovery Enchilada: How Close Are We to the Goal?

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The 2016 edition of the PCG Library Budget Survey, a popular annual report that includes input from hundreds of libraries worldwide, added several new questions about indexed discovery services, and the replies were surprising:

Responses show that institutional search and discovery tools (which includes services such as Summon, Primo, EDS, etc.) have not yet reached "widespread" usage. While 76% of respondents are aware of institutional discovery tools, only 28% had already purchased such a service. Take-up is highest in the Academic sector (33%). Europe lags substantially behind North America in acquisition of discovery services.

This session will bring together participants from stakeholder communities - discovery service vendor, library, publisher, and standards developer - to discuss where we are in terms of reaching the goal of making all subscribed online content reliably discoverable from the library website. We will cover topics such as:

  • Are publishers providing the right content (i.e. metadata) to the discovery services? If not, what should they be doing?

  • Are the discovery services adding metadata reliably, quickly, and comprehensibly? If not, what should they be doing? 

  • Are librarians sufficiently aware of the consequences of how they configure their discovery service and how it can affect usage of their purchased subscription content?

  • How do discovery services owned by companies selling aggregated databases ensure against bias in their discovery systems? Is it enough? And usage stats from discovery services: who gets those? Who should get those? Are these usage stats configured to a standard so they can be accurately used?

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Janet Fisher

Senior Publishing Consultant, Publishers Communication Group
Janet Fisher has been in scholarly journals publishing for over 20 years, with stints at University of Texas Press and MIT Press. In 2003 she moved to Ingenta and then to Publishers Communication Group as Senior Publishing Consultant. Janet works with  academic and commercial publishers... Read More →

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Todd Carpenter

Executive Director, National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
Wine, food, wine, Standards, running, wine, food, wine.http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8320-0491
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Kate Hill

Library Services Engineer, EBSCO
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Tricia Newell

Marketing & Sales, ACSESS
Tricia Newell has been leading all publication sales and marketing activities for the Alliance of Crop, Soil, & Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) since 2012. Tricia has degrees in Agricultural Industries Marketing and Environmental Horticulture, with special emphasis in propagation... Read More →
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Ken Varnum

Senior Program Manager, University of Michigan
I am the Senior Program Manager at the University of Michigan Library. In this role, I am responsible for three programs: Library Search, the U-M Library discovery interface, delivery interfaces, and the library's evolving and emerging analytics infrastructure.

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Carolina Ballroom A, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403