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Thursday, November 6 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Metadata Challenges in Library Discovery Systems

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Using discovery systems such as Primo, Summon, and EDS, patrons can search nearly all of their libraries' resources from a single platform. To make this experience possible, data from disparate sources must be normalized and unified into one index. In this session, we will discuss some of the challenges relating to metadata that confront each stakeholder in library discovery: the library, the publisher, and the discovery system provider. Libraries must normalize their bibliographic records to make them compatible with the discovery system’s data structure. Publishers need to create mechanisms to regularly export records with meaningful metadata, and the discovery system provider must integrate metadata from these sources, while ensuring the best possible user experience. We will also review the recent guidelines of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative. The project goals call on the library community “to streamline the process by which information providers, discovery service providers, and librarians work together to better serve libraries and their users.” The session will explore how this aim can be achieved along with some of the challenges and will include time for open discussion.

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Pascal Calarco

Associate University Librarian, Research and Digital Discovery Services, University of Waterloo
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Lettie Conrad

Executive Program Manager, Discovery & Product Analysis, SAGE Publishing
Lettie Conrad came to SAGE in 2006 after managing the publications program for a think tank in Washington, DC. As an Executive Manager in SAGE’s Online Products Team, Lettie leads a group of specialists who expand SAGE’s capacity for digital product development innovations... Read More →

Rachel Kessler

Product Manager, Primo Central, Ex Libris Ltd.

Michael Vandenburg

Associate University Librarian, Queens University

Thursday November 6, 2014 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST
Cypress South, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401