For immediate release | July 22, 2013

Marshall Breeding examines discovery services in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — Discovery services have the power to revolutionize library systems, offering ways to find and retrieve information that were never before possible. But what does this really mean for the average librarian? How do discovery services work? What changes are in store as a result of these innovations and when can we expect them to take place?

Library automation authority Marshall Breeding leads an expert panel on how discovery services will shape the future of libraries in the upcoming American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go. Please join us at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Aug. 1 for this 60-minute discussion! The panel joining Breeding includes:

  • Anya N. Arnold, resource sharing program manager and courier manager for Orbis Cascade Alliance;
  • Andrew Nagy, senior product manager, discovery services, Serials Solutions;
  • Brad Jung, vice president of product management, Innovative Interfaces.

Innovative and ProQuest are proud to co-sponsor this episode of AL Live. Creating cutting-edge products that allow libraries to succeed in a modern technology environment, Innovative’s market-leading solutions include the Sierra Services Platform, the Millennium ILS, the Encore Synergy discovery application, Electronic Resource Management, and INN-Reach resource sharing. Innovative connects with thousands of libraries of all types in over 50 countries. The Summon® discovery service from Serials Solutions®, a ProQuest business, is used by more than 600 libraries in more than 40 countries. It is the first and only discovery service based on a single, unified index of content, containing more than 1.1 billion items in which the vast majority of article and book content is full-text searchable.

Breeding is the editor of ALA TechSource’s Smart Libraries Newsletter, as well as the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and a Computers in Libraries columnist. He has authored the annual “Automation Marketplace” feature published by Library Journal since 2002. He has edited or written several books, including “Cloud Computing for Libraries,” published in 2012. Former director for innovative technology and research at the Vanderbilt University Library, he regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations internationally at library conferences.

AL Live is an immediate and effective way to get to the heart of the real issues in our industry. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own expert on-hand. We look forward to your joining us. To receive e-mail reminders, register at, or go to at the time of the event. If you’re unable to attend live, this event will be recorded and available at shortly after it concludes.

For information about advertising or sponsoring an AL Live event, contact: Doug Lewis, American Libraries magazine,, (770) 333.1281. For general information or press inquiries about AL Live, contact: Jill Davis, Marketing Manager,, (312) 280-5418.

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