OCLC Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist Lorcan Dempsey presented "Library Discovery: Past, Present and Some Futures" as the keynote at the NISO virtual conference, Web-Scale Discovery Services: Transforming Access to Library Resources.
This presentation considers the factors which led to the current focus on integrated discovery layers, discusses some characteristics of the general network discovery environment in which libraries sit, and suggests some emerging trends and issues in library discovery to provide broader context for the NISO virtual conference, which touched on both the potential of discovery services as well as some of the issues involved. Download the .pptx file of Lorcan’s "Library Discovery: Past, Present and Some Futures" presentation or view it on SlideShare.
The NISO virtual conference website states that Web-scale Discovery Services are becoming an integral part of libraries' information gathering arsenal. These services are able to use a single interface to seamlessly integrate results from a wide range of online sources, emulating the experience patrons have come to expect from Internet search engines. But despite their ability to streamline searching, discovery services provide a wide set of challenges for libraries who implement them.
For more information: