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NISO November Webinar: New Discovery Tools

The migration of traditional online academic and public library 
catalogs to the notion of "discovery platforms" promises new ways 
to expose library collections and other resources tailored to 
individual patron needs. For patrons, this personalized search 
and discovery experience can encompass functions and tools 
unheard of just a few years ago, such as powerful faceted 
searching tools and tagging, and can provide a collaborative 
portal for social media and other online scholarly community 
initiatives. For libraries, the discovery platform can provide an 
efficient method for maximizing the use of and investment in its 
online resources.

NISO's November webinar, New Discovery Tools: Moving Beyond 
Traditional Online Catalogs-to be held on November 9, 2011 from 
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.-will explore the areas of the discovery platform 
marketplace, selection and implementation strategies, and 

Topics and speakers are:

*A Web Scale Discovery Refresher - Athena Hoeppner (Electronic 
Resources Librarian, University of Central Florida Libraries) 
will put web-scale discovery systems in context by reviewing the 
core concepts and terminology and looking at the major systems 

*Usability Testing of Discovery Interfaces - Rice Majors (Faculty 
Director for Libraries IT/Librarian, University of Colorado at 
Boulder Libraries) will share data about the methodology and 
results of his own research: a task-based usability test of 
vendor-provided next-gen catalog interfaces and discovery tools 
(Encore Synergy, Summon, WorldCat Local, Primo, and EBSCO 
Discovery Service).

Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes 
access to the online recorded archive of the webinar for one 
year. Can't make it on the webinar date/time? Register and watch 
the recorded version at your own convenience. NISO and NASIG 
members receive a member discount and there is also a student 
discount available.

For more information and to register, visit the event webpage: 

This webinar is sponsored by CrossRef (www.crossref.org).

Cynthia Hodgson
NISO Technical Editor Consultant
National Information Standards Organization
Email: chodgson@niso.org