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 

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.

Reference Services Section events at Midwinter

Going to Midwinter?  Involved in reference?  Still putting together your schedule?  Consider the following RUSA Reference Services Section discussion groups to go along with your committee meetings. Full details and complete list of committee meeting and discussion groups are available on the RSS Events page.

CODES/RSS Dual Assignments Discussion Group: Training Collection Development Librarians
Saturday, January 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
"focusing on in-house training for collection development librarians, either new to the profession, new to the institution, or new to the discipline. This discussion on practices and procedures will be both informative and lively as participants talk about how they teach colleagues to successfully handle this complex range of responsibilities."

Bustin' Loose:  Discussion Group Session on Providing Reference Service Away from the Reference Desk
Sunday, January 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
"providing reference service away from the reference desk. This includes roving reference, reference service in other campus buildings, kiosks in malls, and virtual reference done away from the reference desk."

Catalog Use Committee Discussion:  Real World Ideas for You and Your Catalog
Sunday, January 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
"discussion topics will include: 1. Should you have to teach the catalog? If so, what are different words to use when teaching the catalog to different groups? 2. Pushing the catalog out to users using RSS feeds, PDA’s, LibX, WorldCat, and Google. 3. Tech services and front-line reference, talking to each other 4. Assessment and Usability, information seeking behavior in different age groups 5. Web 2.0 and the Catalog, Amazon, LibraryThing, etc. as discovery tools and other web 2.0 enhancements." Facebook event invitation

Marketing and Public Relations Committee Discussion:  As the Definition of Reference Changes–How Do We Market It?
Sunday, January 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
"implications of marketing reference services, as the definition of reference changes."

Reference Services in Public Libraries Discussion Group
Sunday, January 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
"discussion on continued relevance in reference: strengthening and improving our services to the community. This is an opportunity to participate with your colleagues in an informal exchange of information and ideas about issues of mutual interest relating to reference services in public libraries of all sizes."

Performance Issues of Reference & Information Librarians Discussion Group
Monday, January 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
"discussion of common challenges relating to performance issues in reference services."

Disclosure statement: I currently serve on the Reference Services Section's Web Advisory Committee.