From Library perspective: Web-scale discovery systems are increasingly important to the work of libraries in service of their users. As these discovery systems become more complex, librarians are less able to understand or explain to their users what content is included or how. The Open Discovery Initiative's recommended practice represents a significant opportunity to understand what is indexed, where it comes from, and how it is used. Increasing need to ensure that the coverage meets our needs.
Will go through the web materials in detail during this time!
NEW! Information for Libraries to Increase ODI Conformance among Vendors, with information for libraries about discovery services and instructions to help ensure that your discovery service serves your users’ needs and provides access to your library’s collections.
NEW! Configuring Content Providers, an inventory of library guides for ensuring content is optimized in your discovery service.
Note that ODI does not publish the checklists – content and discovery providers make them available on their websites, ODI will link to them.
ODI member Ken Varnum will provide an update on recent activities of the Open Discovery Initiative at an ALCTS talk on Monday, June 27. The presentation will include work to promote conformance statements from discovery vendors and content providers, impact of the ODI process on libraries, and the current state of interoperability among libraries, discovery platforms, and content providers via APIs and other mechanisms. Co-Sponsored by LITA and National Information Standards Organization (NISO).
ALA Standards Update -Sassone-ODI
ODI - Open Discovery Initiative
NISO Update at ALA Annual
26 June 2016
Launched after ALA Annual 2011
• Emergence of Library Discovery Services solutions
– Based on index of a wide range of content
– Commercial and open access
– Primary journal literature, ebooks, and more
• Adopted by thousands of libraries around the
world, and impact millions of users
• Agreements between content providers and
discovery providers ad-hoc, not representative of
all content, and opaque to customers.
Goals of Working Group (2011-2014)
• Define ways for libraries to assess the level of
content providers’ participation in discovery services
• Help streamline the process by which content
providers work with discovery service vendors
• Define models for “fair” linking from discovery
services to publishers’ content
• Determine what usage statistics should be collected
for libraries and for content providers
ODI Standing Committee
• Formed summer of 2014.
• Following the ODI Recommended Practice document as
our guide, this standing ODI committee has the following
– to promote educational opportunities about adoption of these
– to provide support for content providers and discovery
providers during adoption (including championship of self-check
– to provide a forum for ongoing discussion related to all aspects
of discovery platforms for all stakeholders (content providers,
discovery providers, libraries), and
– to determine timing for next steps for ongoing work
ODI Standing Committee Roster
Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant
Ken Chad, Ken Chad Consulting, Ltd.
Laura Morse, Harvard University
Jason Price, SCELC
Ken Varnum, University of Michigan
Lettie Conrad, SAGE Publications
Susan Hillson, APA
Karen McKeown, Cengage Learning
Elise Sassone, Springer
Julie Zhu, IEEE
Scott Bernier, EBSCO Information Services
Rachel Kessler, Ex Libris/ProQuest
Mike Showalter, OCLC
• A&I providers’ concerns differ from those of
other content providers.
• The goal of the initiative’s work is to:
– Understand their barriers to entry
– Create recommendations so that discovery service
providers can alleviate their concerns
• Difficult for content providers and libraries to
understand which content included
• Speak with discovery service providers,
content providers and libraries
• Draft recommendations for tools to query
discovery service index
Q: What can libraries do to ensure that discovery
services meet user and institutional needs?
A: A lot!
Q: What can libraries do to ensure that Licensed
Content is available discovery systems?
A: A lot!
Conformance Statement Support
Developed checklists based on the
Recommended Practice for providers at
• Checklists for
– Content Providers
– Discovery Providers
• Directory of Completed Checklists
• Improve communication to stakeholders
• Increase the visibility of ODI
New page with back issues of the ODI Newsletter
• Review NISO RP-19-2014, Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting
Transparency in Discovery
Download NISO RP-19-2014 PDF
• On the web: http://www.niso.org/workrooms/odi
• Help with Conformance Checklist
• Library Materials
• Twitter: @NISO_ODI
• Via email, subscribe: http://www.niso.org/lists/opendiscovery/
Open Discovery Initiative
(ODI) Recommendations to
Content Providers and
Upcoming ODI Events
• Ken Varnum. ALA Annual 2016. NISO Open Discovery
Initiative Update, sponsored by ALCTS.
Monday, June 27, 8:30-10:00 AM. Orange County Convention
Center, Room W203.