In today’s internet-driven world, most users have come to expect a Google-like, single search box experience. In response, many libraries have begun to investigate and use discovery layers, like EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), Summon, or WorldCat Discovery. Despite the increased use of these software solutions, many questions linger about what these systems are and what they are built to do. In this introductory session, we will discuss the purpose of discovery layers, how they work, and why they are useful for our libraries and patrons.
Learn why discovery layers are helpful in an online environment
Discuss how this search tool differs from databases and catalogs
Consider the pros and cons of using a discovery tool
Sarah Schaff has had the good fortune to work for a handful of Ohio libraries since 2003 – and still loves her work. With a background in philosophy and library science, Sarah currently serves as the Discovery Librarian at Denison, a small liberal arts college east of Columbus. In her 8 to 5 life, Sarah takes care of the invisible systems and online resources that keep the library humming.
Fundamentals of Cataloging
Who Should Attend
Catalogers, public services librarians, and managers or anyone with an interest in the topic