Discovery Layers vs. the Traditional Catalog

Wednesday, 12/9/2015 - Thursday, 12/10/2015
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

While some libraries have made the switch to next-generation library systems that only have a discovery layer, others are running both a discovery layer and a traditional catalog, yet others may not use a discovery layer at all. This discussion will investigate the decisions libraries have made when implementing a discovery layer, which tools libraries are using to provide access to different types of resources, and whether duplication between the catalog and discovery layer is still necessary for some resources. We will cover the follow questions, always with particular attention to the impacts are on technical services staff:

  • How have discovery layers changed the way libraries provide access to resources?
  • What kinds of materials are located in the catalog, in the discovery layer, or in both?
  • How have discovery layers changed library technical services and its workflows?
  • What areas need improvement with respect to workflows and access?
  • How do consortia intersect with individual library discovery tools?

Learning Outcomes

Whether your library has already made the leap into discovery or is just considering it, this discussion aims to provide an overview of the decisions libraries are making for managing data in a discovery environment and shedding light on best practices for staff responsible for resource management.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to attend and participate.


Erika Johnson, Head of Acquisitions and Collection Management (University of San Francisco). Previous positions held include Electronic Resources Librarian at Boston College, Acquisitions & Serials Librarian at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and Program Officer for the American Library Association.

Kristin E. Martin, Electronic Resources Management (ERM) Librarian (University of Chicago). Previous experience includes ERM (University of Illinois at Chicago) and cataloging (University of Illinois at Chicago, University of NC at Chapel Hill, the State Library of NC, and the Cleveland Museum of Art). She is the lead Subject Matter Expert for the E-Acquisitions Team developing ERM functionality for the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE). Is Member-at-Large for ALCTS CaMMS and served as past E-Forum Coordinator (2009–2014).




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