Recent years have witnessed the emergence of new information channels know as “discovery services.” Broadly defined as a link between the information user and the platform on or location at which the information resides, these innovative new services provide a single search box” interface to pre-indexed metadata and/or full-text. They are intended to provide users with a simple, fast, and easy “Google-like” search experience; to provide librarians with increased awareness and usage of their holdings; and to provide content providers with an opportunity for increased usage, especially by inexperienced searchers.
But do the meet their promise? How do they work? What unique search and retrieval features do they offer? How do you go about selecting the right service for your organization? Are they difficult to implement? How are database creators and publishers involved? And what does the future hold for these services?
If you want to learn the answers to these questions, join us on September 30, 2011 when librarians, content providers and four of the major discovery services will gather in Philadelphia, PA to share their perspectives in a one-day workshop. Both onsite and virtual registrations are available at a discount until September 16th.