Trends and Advancements for Library Resource Discovery

Marshall Breeding, an independent consultant, will provide an overview of the current realm of search tools that libraries provide to their communities, including index-based discovery services, socially enabled library portals, and related products. Looking beyond the current slate of products, Breeding will discuss some of areas of opportunity and possible areas of future development. Areas of interest include ways that libraries can leverage these capability of these tools beyond the confines of their own web sites to increase discoverability of library resources in other contexts such as learning management systems, community portals, and the general web.

This webinar was originally presented on February 18, 2015.

This webinar is one of the six-part "Working with Continuing Resources" webinar series:

Feb. 18  Trends and Advancements for Library Resource Discovery

Feb. 23  Tailoring Communications to Different Audiences

Mar.  9  Workflow Maps: Tools for Insight and Enhancement

Mar. 11  Persistence: “Got yours?” Preserving Scholarship

Mar. 16  E-book Cataloging Using a Shared Mailbox

Mar. 18  Cataloging Continuing Resources in a Changing Landscape

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this session, attendees will know basic terminology and concepts related to discovery, key features expected in discovery services, and how the creation of discovery indexes impacts use of library resources. As well as the major products available in the category of library resource discovery and how discovery services fit within the library’s overall set of tools related to providing access to resources.

Who Should Attend

The session aims to provide information that will be useful to nontechnical library professionals, such as those involved providing services to library users that involve finding and gaining access to library resources.


Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator Library Technology Guides, regularly writes for industry publications on topics related to technology, and provides consulting services to libraries and related organizations.




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