Today’s library discovery services are primarily based upon indexes derived from journals, e-books and other electronic information of a scholarly nature. The content comes from a range of information providers and products--commercial, open access, institutional, etc. By indexing the content in advance, discovery services have the ability to deliver more sophisticated services with instant performance, compared to the federated search techniques used previously. Libraries increasingly rely on index-based discovery services as their strategic interfaces through which their patrons gain access to the rapidly growing breadth of information that may be available to them.
This webinar will discuss the challenges of operating a centralized index-based discovery system. Learn about their strengths, and their weaknesses, the needs for standards and best practices in this arena, how libraries and providers can assess the usage, and how libraries can satisfy audiences with different needs--ranging from undergraduates to faculty across every discipline.