NISO November Webinar: New Discovery Tools: Moving Beyond Traditional Online Catalogs

The migration of traditional online academic and public library catalogs to the notion of “discovery platforms” promises new ways to expose library collections and other resources tailored to individual patron needs. For patrons, this personalized search and discovery experience can encompass functions and tools unheard of just a few years ago, such as powerful faceted searching tools and tagging, and can provide a collaborative portal for social media and other online scholarly community initiatives. For libraries, the discovery platform can provide an efficient method for maximizing the use of and investment in its online resources.

NISO’s November webinar, New Discovery Tools: Moving Beyond Traditional Online Catalogs-to be held on November 9, 2011 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.-will explore the areas of the discovery platform marketplace, selection and implementation strategies, and usability.

Topics and speakers are:

  • A Web Scale Discovery Refresher – Athena Hoeppner (Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Central Florida Libraries) will put web-scale discovery systems in context by reviewing the core concepts and terminology and looking at the major systems side-by-side.
  • Usability Testing of Discovery Interfaces – Rice Majors (Faculty Director for Libraries IT/Librarian, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries) will share data about the methodology and results of his own research: a task-based usability test of vendor-provided next-gen catalog interfaces and discovery tools (Encore Synergy, Summon, WorldCat Local, Primo, and EBSCO Discovery Service).

Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar for one year. Can’t make it on the webinar date/time? Register and watch the recorded version at your own convenience. NISO and NASIG members receive a member discount and there is also a student discount available.

For more information and to register, visit the event webpage:

This webinar is sponsored by CrossRef (

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