MARS Local Systems & Services Discussion Forum – Discovery Systems: Solutions a User Could Love?

The Local Systems and Services committee of the RUSA/MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section is hosting a discussion forum on discovery systems during Annual 2010.

When: Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 1:30-3:30 pm
Where: JW Marriott Hotel Washington DC in Capitol Ballroom E/F (14th St NW at E St NW)

Panelists include:

Marshall Breeding will provide an “Overview of Discovery Systems.”
Scott R. Anderson will share Millersville University Ganser Library’s experience with EBSCO’s Discovery Service.
Dale Poulter will share Vanderbilt University’s experience with DiscoverLibrary (Primo Central).
Ellen Safley will share the University of Texas at Dallas McDermott Library’s DISCOVER search (Innovative Interfaces Encore).

Our panelists will highlight the experiences of libraries that have implemented “next generation discovery tools” that provide access to library collections from a single search box. Panelists will focus their comments on user response and subsequent assessment of the local implementation. Discussion forum participants will be able to share their experiences with discovery tools and ask questions following the panelists. Notes will be posted following Annual on a publicly ALA Connect document at http://bit.ly/lssala10. A summary of the Midwinter 2010 discussion forum on the same topic can be read at http://connect.ala.org/node/92049.

Discovery Systems: Solutions a User Could Love?

This is a shameless plug for my committee's discussion forum at Midwinter. If you are not going to Boston or not interested in "discovery services" then go ahead and mark this post as read.

The RUSA/MARS Local Systems & Services Committee invites you to join our discussion forum 'Discovery Systems: Solutions a User Could Love?' at Midwinter.

When: Sunday, January 17, 2010 from 1:30-3:00 pm
Where: Westin Waterfront, Faneiul Room (Mezzanine Level)
425 Summer Street connected to the Boston Convention and Exhibit Center

Discovery Systems: Solutions a User Could Love?Panelists include:

  • Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technology and Research, Vanderbilt University who will provide a brief "Overview of Discovery Systems."
  • Cody Hanson, Technology Librarian, University of Minnesota, who will briefly discuss "User testing and feedback on Primo at the University of Minnesota."
  • Frances McNamara, Director, Integrated Library Systems and Administrative and Desktop Systems, University of Chicago, who will briefly share experiences of the "LENS Discovery System, based on AquaBrowser." and; 
  • Barbara DeFelice, Director Digital Resources Program, Dartmouth College who will discuss "Summon @ Dartmouth College: the User View."

Our panelists will highlight the experiences of libraries that have implemented "next generation discovery tools" that provide access to disparate library collections from a single search box. Panelists will focus their comments on user response and subsequent assessment of the local implementation. 

Discussion forum participants will be able to share their experiences with discovery tools and ask questions following the panelists. A summary of the key ideas gleaned will be posted on the MARS Local Systems & Services web page following Midwinter.

Photo credit: The photo "Magnified" was taken by Jake Bouma (jakebouma) on March 9, 2009 and uploaded to Flickr on March 10, 2009 with an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons License. The photo was downloaded on January 3, 2010 from http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakebouma/3345296623/ 

My schedule for ALA Annual 2008

Anaheim is fast approaching. Here is what I am planning to do (at the moment). Let me know if you are going to be in SoCal and want to get together.

Thursday, June 26

  • Arrive at John Wayne Airport at Noon
  • Dinner with LA friend

Friday, June 27

  • OCLC Symposium: The Mashed-up Library, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Meet the MARtians Happy Hour (maybe), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 28 

  • Reference Services Section (RSS) Open House, 8 to 9 a.m.
  • RSS Web Advisory Committee Meeting, 9 to 10:30 a.m. 
  • Research to Understand Users: Issues and Approaches, 10:30 to Noon
  • There's No Catalog Like No Catalog: The Ultimate Debate on the future of the Library Catalog, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • ACRL-IS Current Topics Discussion I: Using the Social Web to Promote and Enhance Information Literacy, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 29

  • Beyond Gaming Tournaments, 8 to 10 a.m.
  • What is the Future of Face-to-Face Reference? Is Face-to-Face Reference Dying?, 10:30 to Noon
  • 14th Annual New Reference Research Forum, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • RSS Executive Committee II, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Book Cart Drill Team Championship, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Dinner with former coworker

Monday, June 30

  • Reference Services to Teens, 8 to 10 a.m.
  • Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin: The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing, a View from the Top, 10:30 to Noon
  • RUSA President's Program: Quality Service in an Impersonal World, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • PLA President's Program: Jamie Lee Curtis 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 1

  • Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Khaled Hossein, 8 to 9 a.m.
  • Disneyland/Disney's California Adventure

Wednesday, July 2 

  • Disneyland/Disney's California Adventure

Thursday, July 3

  • Fly out 9:45 a.m. and arrive in Columbus 7 p.m.