Michael Gorrell, Sr. VP and CIO of EBSCO, discussed several challenges that EBSCO (and other publishers/vendors) are experiencing while integrating content. Some of these challenges include:
- licensing content from a diverse set of sources
- processing heterogeneous content homogenously
- searching everything with precision and breadth at the same time
- displaying different data so that their uniqueness can be evident
EBSCO’s approach to processing content is to start with database design (bibliographic) and determine which fields the data supports, how the end user will search the data, and what transformations are necessary for display and searching. When possible, they provide editorial expertise by indexing and adding their own metadata, using controlled vocabulary. They also run their own search engine which allows them to take advantage of the unique data in library records and use it to influence the relevancy of results. When displaying multiple content types they want to make sure to highlight the individual features of each format. Continue reading
James Mouw, assistant director for technical and electronic resources and the electronic resources officer at the University of Chicago Library, was interviewed for an article in the Chronicle this week. The article, E-Books: What a Librarian Wants, discusses simultaneous release, DRM, perpetual access, and workflow issues. James will be speaking at the Charleston Conference in November during the E-Everything preconference. He will be one of the presenters discussing electronic content integration.
On Wednesday, November 3rd the 30th Annual Charleston Conference will begin with a series of pre-conferences. One of them is called E-everything: Putting it All Together. Details of the program and speakers are listed below. If you are interested in attending, you can register online.
E-Everything: Putting it All Together
Electronic resources continue to flood the library marketplace at a staggering rate and there is no turning back now. Libraries are making an effort to accommodate the influx of electronic content while budgets and staffing levels continue to diminish. Publishers are undergoing a paradigm shift, trying to maintain traditional publishing models while experimenting with born digital content.
This full day pre-conference will discuss the current state of electronic resources from both the library and publishing perspectives and offer insight into the E-Everything future. Some of the current issues that will be addressed include access, content integration, technology, and discoverability. Presentations by librarians and vendors will update you, challenge your thinking, stimulate questions and generate discussion. Attendees will gain knowledge of the market and get ideas for plugging into the latest and the greatest information technologies for electronic content. Continue reading