Join Margie Hlava, Founder and President of Access Innovations, Inc., as she presents a Lightning Talk at the National Federation of Advanced Information Sevices (NFAIS) 2018 Annual Conference, February 28-March 2 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, VA. These Lightning Talks are a new addition to the NFAIS Annual Conference.

Margie’s talk, Libraries are really A&I Services – Improving Discovery Access to Library Special Collections, will take place Friday, March 2 at 12:00pm. In it, she will discuss the challenge of discovery in libraries. Recent large scale initiatives at the Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida emphasizes the need for significantly expanded and enhanced metadata for increase discovery access to digital collections, both retrospective and prospective. This requires new tools and changing roles and responsibilities for cataloging/metadata staff, including inverting the cataloging process to metadata driven processes, the application of automated processes, improved and consistent metadata practices, and the movement from solely LCSH to new taxonomies to better support discovery.  The increase in search accuracy for the first three collections was persuasive and impressive…