For immediate release | May 17, 2011

Learn to Evaluate and Implement Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library in new workshop


CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces a new workshop: Evaluating and Implementing Web Scale Discovery Services in Your Library with Jason Vaughan and Tamera Hanken.

Web scale discovery is a transformative technology that allows you and your patrons to search seamlessly across a vast range of local and remote, preharvested and indexed content, receiving relevancy-ranked results in the intuitive interface expected by today’s information seekers.

In this unique, first-of-its-kind workshop, Jason Vaughan and Tamera Hanken from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Libraries will take you through the entire process of evaluating, purchasing and implementing Web scale discovery services. You'll gain a knowledge of this cutting-edge technology that you can apply right away.

Vaughan and Hanken will use their process at University of Nevada-Las Vegas as a model. You’ll learn how to substantively evaluate Web scale discovery services and to plan, communicate and coordinate with your staff and patrons to ensure successful implementation, regardless of which vendor you choose to work with.

This workshop will cover:

Evaluation of Web Scale Discovery Services

  • What is Web Scale Discovery? Why consider it?
  • Externally Focused Evaluation of Web Scale Discovery Services:
    • Vendor dialog
    • Research
    • External references
    • Test driving live implementations
  • Internally Focused Evaluation of Web Scale Discovery Services:
    • Stakeholder buy-in
    • Gathering a sense of what features are important to staff
    • Sharing progress
    • Vetting


  • Purchasing & General Timeline Model for Implementation
  • Generalized Steps Carried Out by Vendor:
    • Project management
    • Provisioning metadata templates
    • Training in admin interface
    • Ingestion of local content
  • Generalized Steps Carried Out by Library Staff:
    • Metadata mapping
    • Sending initial & ongoing records from various local repositories
    • External content rights management
    • Website interface, architecture customization and revamping
  • Launch, Marketing & Post Assessment:
    • Soft launch and official launch
    • Marketing
    • Usability testing
    • Informal quick feedback surveys
    • Statistics monitoring

Preparing for the change that comes with Web Scale Discovery Services

  • Changes for Patrons
  • Changes for Staff
    • Workflow changes
    • New responsibilities
    • Cleanup or enhancement of records
    • Consolidation of related services to one library vendor

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. The workshop takes place at 2:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. CDT/12:30 p.m. MDT/11:30 a.m. PDT on April July 13 and April July 20. Each session will last 90 minutes.

Jason Vaughan is the director of library technologies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where he oversees three units within the UNLV University Libraries: Digital Collections, Library Systems and Web and Application Development Services. He has published extensively on library and library technology topics and has spoken on Web scale discovery at the local, state and national conferences. Vaughan earned his MLS and BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tamera Hanken is the director of technical services for the University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is responsible for the overall administration and coordination of the work of three contiguous departments: Materials Ordering and Receiving; Bibliographic and Metadata Services and Access and Delivery Services. Her work experience includes 15 years in library technical services within a variety of library settings: academic, public, international, government, for profit and not for profit. She holds an MLS from Texas Woman’s University, an MPA from Troy University, and a graduate certificate in Supply Chain Management from University of Alaska.

ALA TechSource Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands‐on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

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Dan Freeman