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Collaborating to Improve Discoverability

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NFAIS Webinar: March 12, 2014

NFAIS Webinar: March 12, 2014

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  • 1. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Collaborating to Improve Discoverability NFAIS Webinar: March 12, 2014 Mary M. Somerville, MA, MLS, PhD University Librarian and Library Director, University of Colorado Denver Lettie Conrad, MA Executive Manager, Online Products, SAGE
  • 2. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Agenda ● Introduction ● Metadata ● Standards ● Transparency ● Partnerships ● Conclusion
  • 3. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Scholarly Communication Supply Chain
  • 4. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Shared Cross-Sector Goals
  • 5. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC SAGE White Paper: Collaborative Improvements in the Discoverability of Scholarly Content
  • 6. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Expert aspirations for discovery
  • 7. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Recommendations ● Metadata – quality & compliance ● Standards – advocacy & adoption ● Transparency – cross-sector cooperation ● Partnerships – co-development
  • 8. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 1. Metadata the building blocks of online publishing Citation: Berners-Lee, Tim, “Metadata Architecture, “ Jan. 6, 1997, http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/Metadata.html
  • 9. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 1. Metadata discovery signposts
  • 10. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 1. Use case – Metadata done well  SUNY student @ Buffalo State following citation to educational research article: “High School Socioeconomic Segregation and Student Attainment”
  • 11. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 1. Use case – Metadata gone wrong ● SUNY student @ Buffalo State looking for book chapter recommended by instructor on human trafficking policy in other countries. ● No publication title, just keywords: “human trafficking foreign policy”
  • 12. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 1. Collaborative Efforts in Metadata
  • 13. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 2. Standards ● Common expectations ● Streamlining operations ● Collaborative foundation
  • 14. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 2. Existing Standards for Metadata
  • 15. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 2. Standards Development ● Code of practice in library discovery ● Project Transfer ● NISO Bibliographic Roadmap ● Pie-J, IOTA, and more!
  • 16. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 2. Use Cases standards in action
  • 17. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 2. Collaborations in Standards ● NISO Work Groups • Journal Article Version (JAV) • Open Access Metadata and Indicators ● UKSG/JISC • Project Transfer • KBART
  • 18. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 3. Transparency new ways of doing business ● Cross-sector studies ● Understanding researcher workflows ● New business models ● “Promiscuous metadata”
  • 19. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 3. Use Cases in Transparency
  • 20. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 3. Transparency works! ● Research question: What does the average research pathway look like beyond the borders of our websites? ● Participants: 3 MA & 8 PhD students, during literature review phase ● Methods: data analysis, observation, interview ● Transparency: sharing proprietary data, sharing research findings, trust!
  • 21. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC 3. Collaborations in Transparency
  • 22. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Recommendations ● Metadata – quality & compliance ● Standards – advocacy & adoption ● Transparency – cross-sector cooperation ● Partnerships – co-development/co-design
  • 23. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Ideal discoverability
  • 24. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Co-Development Partners
  • 25. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Library Best Practices ● Nontraditional partnerships ● Iterative communications ● Re-invented workflows ● Environmental scans
  • 26. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Vendor Best Practices ● Project overviews ● Clear deliverables ● Customized trainings ● Reference materials
  • 27. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Publisher-Vendor Best Practices ● Compliant metadata (publisher) ● Metadata mapping (vendor) ● Search results ● User experiences
  • 28. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC Conclusions SAGE White Paper urges cross-sector progress through a three-fold purpose: ● Propose actionable recommendations for discoverability improvement, ● Advance heightened collaboration among librarians, publishers, and service providers, and ● Encourage ‘new ways of thinking and doing’ that improve researcher experience.
  • 29. Los Angeles | London | New Delhi Singapore | Washington DC References Collins, M., Somerville, M., Pelsinsky, N., & Wood, A. (2013). Working better together: Library, publisher, and vendor perspectives. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Charleston Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, in press. Conrad, L. (2011). ‘Discovering authoritative reference material: It’s all about ‘location, location, location,’ in E-reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts, ed. Sue Polanka. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 137–147. Somerville, M. M., & Conrad, L. Y. (2014). Collaborative improvements in the discoverability of scholarly content: Accomplishments, aspirations, and opportunities. A SAGE White Paper. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd. DOI: 10.4135/wp140116. Available: http://www.sagepub.com/repository/binaries/pdf/improvementsindisc overability.pdf