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Format: 04/25/2017 - 11pm
Format: 04/25/2017 - 11pm
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Saturday, January 31 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Reading Lists at the Heart of Cross-System Workflows McCormick Place West
W176c
Description :

The handling of reading lists often falls through the cracks: on the one hand, they touch on many institutional systems, such as course management, discovery, library management, and student services; on the other hand, none of these systems offer the full spectrum of functionality for compiling reading lists, managing them, and enabling students to access them. Furthermore, the complexity involved in creating and maintaining such lists discourages many instructors, who prefer to either bypass the library—often by uploading materials in a way that infringes copyright laws—or rely on the library to do the work for them.

The new Ex Libris reading-list tool supports instructors, students, and library staff by providing an innovative user interface and automatically coordinating cross-system workflows. Once this tool is integrated with institutional and library systems, faculty members can easily create and maintain reading lists and the library staff can make informed decisions for developing the library’s physical, digitized, and electronic collections. The tool also offers new types of services for faculty and students and enables stakeholders to obtain accurate measures of the usage of publications in teaching and learning.

In this session, we will demonstrate the new Ex Libris reading-list tool and show how it triggers workflows that span institutional and library systems.

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Saturday, January 31 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm
OCLC Links and Entities: The Library Data Revolution McCormick Place West
W474b
Description :

Join OCLC’s Ted Fons and Richard Wallis as they discuss how library data stored in an entity-based architecture will revolutionize library workflows. In this session, you will learn how entities (powered by linked data) will create new approaches to cataloging, resource sharing and discovery of your materials on the Web. Plus, attendees will get practical tips to get started today. 

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Unofficial Event

Sunday, February 1 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Understanding How Users Search and Discover McCormick Place West
W176c
Description :

Discovery and delivery solutions such as Ex Libris Primo have now been in use by libraries for several years, providing patrons with a unified discovery experience. Users come to the library or the library's website for a variety of reasons. While some are seeking a specific known item, others are looking up material for a topic of interest, such as for a specific course assignment, or for their research. The library's discovery system is the central resource that must serve users' diverse needs—whether they are students, post-graduates, professors or other users—from discovery to delivery.

In this session we will discuss recent user studies to evaluate the needs and expectations of users today as well as conclusions we can draw from the extensive output of the Ex Libris usage and search log analysis on the adoption of the system. The results of these studies are being used to optimize the way Primo determines relevance ranking as well as to help us define new and enhanced methods to enable search and discovery.

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Unofficial Event

Sunday, February 1 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
OCLC Maximizing Discovery and Access of Library eContent McCormick Place West
W187c
Description :

In a discovery environment, where access and relevance are paramount, problems and gaps in data consistency and delivery are becoming increasingly evident. To ensure libraries and service providers are drawing from the most relevant datasets possible, bibliographic metadata must be complete, accurate and structurally consistent to be properly and seamlessly ingested into disparate services, such as link resolvers, citation finders, etc. Unfortunately, breakdowns in our current processes and practices often impede the successful discovery of content by the user. The E-Data Quality Working Group—a cross-industry collaboration of academic libraries, publishers, aggregators and knowledge-based providers—has been addressing these workflow concerns in an effort to improve discovery and access. In this session, Suzanne Kemperman, Director of Business Development and Publisher Relations at OCLC, and Carlen Ruschoff, Director of Technical Services and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Maryland, explain the nature of the challenge and share recommendations from the working group to bridge the gaps. You'll learn: the identified source of the problem; how this problem impedes the success of the user in discovering and accessing desired content; gaps that must be bridged between suppliers of bibliographic and holdings data, and libraries and service providers; the benefits of stakeholders collaborating more closely to resolve issues; recommendations for improving data quality.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Sunday, February 1 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm
A Library Collection Today and Into the Future—In Theory and In Practice McCormick Place West
W181c
Description :

The development of collections through careful selection has always been at the core of the library mission. Now, with the online availability of an enormous number of library materials, the very concept of a library collection is undergoing change, and we are challenged to determine what actually constitutes a collection. New practices of collaboration and fulfillment enable libraries to create virtual, cost-effective collections and provide even better services to their users. In this session, we will discuss the current and future boundaries of library collections; today’s practices regarding the creation and maintenance of collections; and methods of making the collections available to patrons. Examples will be taken from the Ex Libris solutions for library management and discovery services.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event