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 A summary of the Midwinter 2010 discussion forum on the same topic can be read at

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. 

Going to be in Anaheim for Annual?

You are invited to the Reference Services Section open house on Saturday, June 28 at 8 a.m. in the Palm Ballroom of the Sheraton Park Hotel (1855 S. Harbor Blvd).  Learn more about our section's committees and discussion groups. Refreshments are being provided courtesy of Emerald Publishing Group. 

Make sure to attend the 14th Annual New Reference Research Forum on Sunday, June 29 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Hilton Anaheim, Conference Room 8. The three peer-reviewed research projects that will be presented include: 

  • The READ Scale (Reference Effort Assessment Data) Project: Qualitative Statistics for Meaningful Reference Assessment, A Report of the National Study – Bella Karr Gerlich & G. Lynn Berard
  • Does Size Matter? Examining Trends in the Provision of Remote Reference Services in Academic and Public Libraries – Denise Agosto, Eileen Abels & Lorri Mon
  • Problems, Processes and Judgments: User Expectations of Online Reference Service – Lynn Westbrook

Read more about the other Reference Services Section programs and discussion groups taking place at Annual on the RSS Events page. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I'll do my best to answer them or direct you to the correct person.

Disclosure statement: Yes, this is a shameless plug for the Reference Services Section. I do it because I am a member of the RSS Web Advisory Committee and RSS Co-Web Manager. Spreading the word about our activities is an easy thing for me to do with this blog.