Getting Resource Discovery Right for Your User Community

Oct 2019 | 256pp

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Getting Resource Discovery Right for Your User Community

Edited by Simon McLeish

Discovery is central to academic activities at all levels, and is a major focus for libraries and museums. This book will help its readers learn how to adapt in a fast changing area to continue to serve their communities.

Getting Resource Discovery Right for Your User Community contains a range of contributions analysing the ways in which libraries and museums (and others) are tackling the challenges facing them in discovery in the (post)-Google era. Chapters are written by experts, both global and local – describing specific areas of discovery and local implementations and ideas. The book will help with enhancing discovery both inbound – making locally held resources globally discoverable – and outbound – making global resources locally discoverable – in ways which are relevant to your user community.

Content covered includes:

  • a survey of what resource discovery is today
  • analysis of how users approach discovery 
  • using limited resources to help users find collections
  • discussion of the special requirements of and solutions for archives and museums
  • the role museum and library discovery plays in learning and teaching
  • linked open data and discovery
  • the future of discovery.

This book will be useful for subject librarians and others who give direct support to library users, digital library technicians, managers, staff with responsibility for managing electronic resources, metadata and discovery specialists, trainers and user education specialists. It will also be of use to curators and others who give direct support to researchers, managers of digitisation and cataloguing products, IT staff, trainers and user education specialists in archives and museums.



PART 1: Background

1. What is resource discovery today? – Simon McLeish

2. How users approach discovery – Frankie Wilson

PART 2: Helping Users Find Information around the Globe

3. Google and Google Scholar – Karen Blakeman

4. Case Study: Discovering journal articles through publisher/aggregator websites

5. Case Study: ArXiV – Building a service for specific subject needs – David Ruddy

6. Case Study: discovery through a library central index – EBSCO

7. Exposing collections and resources effectively

8. Discovery in learning and teaching – James Prag

PART 3: Meeting Local Requirements

9. Designing and building discovery with open source – Chris Awre

10. Across one nation: Themes and variations across the uk – Neil Grindley

11. Case Study: National Library and archives of Singapore – Chris Tang

12. Case Study: Australian National University

PART 4: Innovations and the Future

13. The future of discovery services – Marshall Breeding

14. Linked open data and discovery – Richard Wallis

15. Case Study: Enhancing discovery using linked open data – Dominic Oldman

16. Applying future innovations to discovery

Concluding remarks       



Simon McLeish worked in conference organisation before the planning of an Internet conference led to work as a web designer during the dot com era. This developed into a career in digital libraries, including the development of online academic journals, research environments and authentication. Work on Shibboleth and Identity Management culminated in the production of the JISC Identity Management Toolkit and the book Access and Identity Management for Libraries. In 2013, Simon took up the post of Resource Discovery Architect for the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, and now divides his time between managing existing discovery and authentication services for the libraries and in research and development.



Samantha Aston, University of Manchester

Chris Awre, University of Hull

Tamir Borensztajn, EBSCO

Marshall Breeding,

Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC

Masha Garibyan

Wolfram Horstmann, Goettingen

Peter Jascó, University of Hawai

Roxanne Missingham, Australian National University

Dominic Oldman, British Museum

Ed Fay, University of Southampton

Carl G Stahmer, UC Davis

Chris Tang, National Library of Singapore

Frankie Wilson, University of Oxford

Julie Zhu, IEEE

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