Against the Grain, the premier journal dedicated to linking librarians, publishers, and vendors, is excited to announce new content on their ATG NewsChannel Website.
MultiGrain: Conversations Linking Librarians, Publishers, Vendors and Others, will feature ongoing discussions with a forum for conversations and debates online about the issues that impact us all day-to-day. The first topic was “PDA and Stewardship: Are They Compatible?” with Rick Anderson (University of Utah) and Brian Schottlaender (University of California San Diego).
The latest topic, web-scale discovery in context was submitted by Patrick Carr (East Carolina University) and is listed below with a link. For each debate ATG will ask for input from authorities in the field, and they invite comments, discussion, questions, etc. from all.
Web-scale discovery tools like EBSCO Discovery Service and Summon by Serials Solutions enable patrons to instantly search a vast range of subscription databases, catalogs, and repositories. As a result, these tools are being widely implemented by libraries.
But, with their powerful searching capabilities, web-scale discovery tools also introduce problems. Becoming accustomed to the convenience of a simple, Google-like search experience, patrons might neglect to search specialized databases that would give them better results. Moreover, the fact that the leading vendors of these tools are also leading vendors of subscription databases raises questions about the extent to which the vendors’ interests in promoting use of their databases might lead them to rank search results for content in these databases over results in competing databases.
How should libraries address these potential problems with Web-Scale Discovery? Visit http://www.against-the-grain.com/2011/02/multigrain-web-scale-discovery-in-context/ to join the conversation.
Leah Hinds Assistant Director
Charleston Information Group, LLC