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Articles:

Asher, A., Duke, L., & Wilson, S. (2013). Paths of Discovery: Comparing the Search Effectiveness of EBSCO Discovery Service, Summon, Google Scholar, and Conventional Library Resources. College & Research Libraries, 74(5), 464-488.

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Discussion Sunset the Discovery Services committee instead of merging? Feedback requested by Friday, 2/3

by Cynthia A. Johnson on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 05:19 pm

Hi all,

Hi all,

The RSS Board and the ETS Board discussed the possible merger of the RSS Discovery Services Committee and the ETS Services for Systems & Discovery Committee. Since the ETS committee is functioning fine, but participation by  Discovery Services Committee members has been lacking for the last few years, and it has been a struggle to find people to join the Discovery Services Committee, they have proposed that we dissolve the Discovery Services Committee. The ETS Committee will continue under its current name and charge. Anyone currently on the RSS Discovery Services Committee will be able to join the ETS committee if they desire.

The ETS Services for Systems & Discovery Committee charge is available here: http://www.ala.org/rusa/contact/rosters/ets/rus-marprods

 

Please let me know by the end of Friday, 2/3 if you have any concerns with this plan of action. I will take silence as agreement to move forward with dissolving the RSS Discovery Services Committee.

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Discussion 2016 Midwinter Meeting Minutes for RSS Discovery Committee

by Anne Larrivee on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 12:17 pm

RSS Discovery Services Committee 2016 Midwinter Meeting

Minutes for the January 6, 2016, 1:00pm EST (held virtually via Web Ex)

Member Present: Lesley Looper, Cynthia Johnson, Steve Brantley; Anne Larrivee (chair)

RSS Discovery Services Committee 2016 Midwinter Meeting

Minutes for the January 6, 2016, 1:00pm EST (held virtually via Web Ex)

Member Present: Lesley Looper, Cynthia Johnson, Steve Brantley; Anne Larrivee (chair)

  • Updates & Introductions

  • Review the Committee Charge and the previously states goals

The RSS Discovery Services Committee focuses on the use of catalogs and other discovery tools in reference service, including such aspects as communicating, evaluating, improving, studying, and teaching the use of such tools; monitors and communicates significant continuities and changes in the use of such tools; identifies and examines critical issues and problems in the use of such tools; provides opportunities for librarians to propose and discuss innovative solutions to discovery problems; joins with librarians in other specialties to produce improvements in library service. (http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/rss/rsssection/rsscomm/cataloguse/cataloguse)

 

No changes or updates were suggested; the charge will remain the same.

  • Review Goals for 2015-16

*Make a decision about how to move forward with the Cataloging/Discovery Services Bibliography located on the ALA Connect page

The committee has decided to conduct an annual review of the literature to create a yearly bibliography.Rather than being stored on ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/node/202483) the bibliography will have PDF links on the RUSA/RSS Discovery Services Page. Committee members will compile citations within a Google doc before the final PDF version is posted on the site.

*Gather information from RSS users about their use with the catalog and/or discovery services via survey, emails or other method

A possible goal for the future; no actions have been taken to gather information over the past year.

*Assess the best way to disseminate information about new trends and literature related to Discovery and Cataloging. - See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/243349#sthash.rnEvPSDQ.dpuf

During this 2016 Midwinter meeting, committee members decided to move the bibliography from ALA Connect to the RSS website. This shift will allow for more accessibility and visibility for non-ALA members. Literature will be sorted by year rather than by format category. Efforts will also continue to send out relevant webinar announcements via the the RSS listserv.

* Plan the annual discussion forum at ALA Annual, collaborate with another section or committee to plan the forum

Plans were discussed during this meeting.

  • Answer the following questions for RSS Self Study/Section Review

http://connect.ala.org/node/231109 (due Jan.15th). Email has been sent out to committee members. Each committee member will answer one of the following questions:.

 

  • Plan for the Annual RSS Discovery Services Forum (proposal due around Feb, Feb 11th last year)

Last year the call for ALA Annual Forums was sent out in mid January and the proposals were due by early February. Committee agreed that a lightning round of 2-4 presentations followed by table discussions seemed like a good plan.

 

Possible conference themes for 2016:

  • Follow- up with framework discussion, what features work best with one-on-one reference, how have libraries implemented changes

  • Usability studies for discovery systems

  • Partnering with ALCTS (http://www.ala.org/alcts/) ; Why does it do that? Why doesn’t it do that? discussion

  • Partnering with vendors- feature lists, what works best for reference

  • Personal customization, what have libraries done to make their discovery system more appealing for users and answering reference

  • Bring your solutions to discovery platform issues;

Previous Conference Themes:

2015

Meeting Title Examining Discovery Platforms within the New Framework of Information Literacy

Type ALA Annual Conference

Meeting Description for Program Book (Mandatory for Preconferences and Programs. Discussions groups optional. N/A for all others.) This discussion forum will explore the innovative ways that librarians have used Discovery Tools for information literacy and pose possibilities for the future. As the new Information Literacy Framework is unrolled, this forum will consider how instruction overviews of discovery tools have changed or may change in the future. Presenters will briefly explain how they have updated their instructional presentations of discovery tools over time. Participants are encouraged to discuss these topics further details and add their own insight.

Description for Online Conference Scheduler.

This can be longer than the printed Program description, or the same.

This discussion forum will explore the innovative ways that librarians have used Discovery Tools for information literacy and pose possibilities for the future. As the new Information Literacy Framework is unrolled, this forum will consider how instruction overviews of discovery tools have changed or may change in the future. Presenters will briefly explain how they have updated their instructional presentations of discovery tools over time. Participants are encouraged to discuss these topics further details and add their own insight.

Meeting Type

Discussion/Interest Group

ALA Unit(s)/Subunit(s)

RUSA_RSS

iMIS Committee Code or Connect Community IDPlease enter your committee, division, round table, or section iMIS code if you know it. For Connect communities, please enter the number after the "node" in the URL

RUS-MOUCAT

Program Book?

Should this meeting be printed in the Program Book?

Yes

Display Online?

Should this meeting be displayed in the online conference scheduler?

Yes

Preferred Day

Sunday June 28

Preferred Meeting Time

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

2014

THEME: “Open to Change: How Have Changes in Discovery Services Improved the User Experience?’

 

2012

Roundtable discussion on: Finding eResources; Catalog Accessibility; Open Source Systems; New Technology and the Mobile Landscape; New Cataloging Standards and Resource Discovery

 

2011

THEME: Diving into the Deep End: Teaching the New Discovery Tools

 

2010

THEME: Innovations in Catalog Use

 

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Discussion RSS Goals Update 3

by Anne Larrivee on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 03:11 pm

Previous Goals 2014-15 and updates:

* Examine the possibility of collaborating with other sections that can help with the planning of an ALA Annual Conference Program 

UPDATE: Co-sponsored the 2015 RSS Discussion Forum with the Library Instruction Roundtable

* Explore different ways that previously created catalog use/discovery bibliography can be presented

Previous Goals 2014-15 and updates:

* Examine the possibility of collaborating with other sections that can help with the planning of an ALA Annual Conference Program 

UPDATE: Co-sponsored the 2015 RSS Discussion Forum with the Library Instruction Roundtable

* Explore different ways that previously created catalog use/discovery bibliography can be presented

UPDATE: Experimented with Wordpress platform and discussed libguide options and also thought about adding slideshare presentations to the bibliography. There are plans to discuss this bibliography further in the future

* Continue to communicate new discovery services-related updates to the larger ALA community via listserv and/or other forms of communication

UPDATE: Sent messages out on the listserv about relevant webinars such as a NISO webinar titled 'Keyword Search = "Improve Discovery Systems" and another webinar titled, "A Single Search Box is Just Not Enough"

 

Upcoming Goals for 2015-2016

Goals for 2015-16

*Make a decision about how to move forward with the Cataloging/Discovery Services Bibliography located on the ALA Connect page
 
*Gather information from RSS users about their use with the catalog and/or discovery services via survey, emails or other method
 
*Send out relevant discovery services and/or cataloging information via the RSS listserv
 
* Plan a the annual discussion forum at ALA Annual, collaborate with another section or committee to plan the forum

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Discussion RSS Discovery Services Virtual Meeting Minutes ALA Midwinter 2015

by Anne Larrivee on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 10:16 am

RSS Discovery Services Committee Virtual Meeting Minutes

January 23, 2015, 11-12 EST

Present: Tiffany H. , Steve B., Sue D.

Members participated via a teleconference call and by sharing a Google Doc

*Introductions

RSS Discovery Services Committee Virtual Meeting Minutes

January 23, 2015, 11-12 EST

Present: Tiffany H. , Steve B., Sue D.

Members participated via a teleconference call and by sharing a Google Doc

*Introductions

* Discussed the ALA Annual Discussion Forum.  We reviewed all the details that Don Boozer needs for the February 9th deadline. We reviewed comments from the feedback sheets from last year that mentioned collaborating with writing centers, teaching with discovery tools, or the future of the tools. We also reviewed last year’s topic. With some brainstorming we settled on the topic of the use of discovery tools within the new information literacy framework.

We all agreed that Sunday, 3-4pm was the best time and that we prefer banquet style seating with a lightening round panel of speakers, similar to the 2014 program. We estimate 120 participants and would need a projector and microphone.  ILI and LIRT were mentioned as possible collaborative partners. Tiffany agreed that she could reach out to LIRT for a collaborative sponsorship. We liked the idea of having recorders at each table share their thoughts through a Google Doc or through a pen and paper.

Tiffany noted that she may not be able to attend Annual.

*Tiffany and Steve recently reviewed the RSS Bibliography that is currently being held on ALA Connect.

Anne showed additional Discovery Bibliographies that she found: https://sites.google.com/site/urd2comparison/articles-on-discovery 

https://discoverytoolsbibliography.wordpress.com/by-year/2014-2/

There was question if we are recreating the wheel. For now, we’ve decided to continue the Bibliography within ALA Connect and also add another ALA Connect page that offers links to relevant presentations from the past year. Steve volunteered to collect these presentation links and post them by February 13th

*RSS Review submission is due February 13th, Anne will submit this

* We reviewed our RUSA and RSS webpages http://www.ala.org/rusa/contact/rosters/rss/rus-moucat

http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/rss/rsssection/rsscomm/cataloguse/cataloguse

We agreed that the charge and the title of the committee need to be uniform throughout the site. Anne will email the web master, Andrea Hill

*Anne nixed the idea to create a Discovery Chart since it would be to unwieldy for our committee to update but Steve and Sue plan to attend ALA Midwinter and find out more about which institutions are using which discovery tool.

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Discussion Goals Update

by Anne Larrivee on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 02:55 pm

The Discovery Services 2014-15 Goals are as follows:

* Examine the possibility of collaborating with other sections that can help with the planning of an ALA Annual Conference Program

* Explore different ways that previously created catalog use/discovery bibliography can be presented

* Continue to communicate new discovery services-related updates to the larger ALA community via listserv and/or other forms of communication

 

The Discovery Services 2014-15 Goals are as follows:

* Examine the possibility of collaborating with other sections that can help with the planning of an ALA Annual Conference Program

* Explore different ways that previously created catalog use/discovery bibliography can be presented

* Continue to communicate new discovery services-related updates to the larger ALA community via listserv and/or other forms of communication

 

Since these goals have been posted the committee has worked together to discuss different ways that the Catalog Use/Discovery Systems Bibliography can be posted. One of the members suggested that we convert the ALA Connect thread to ALA Connect document file. Other suggestions included creating a libguide, a wordpress blog, or linking to the bibliography through online CVs.

Several of the committee members also volunteered to update our current ALA Connect Bibliography with articles and sites that have been published in the last year.

We are currently discussing possible collaborative partners and hope to reach out to them in the next few weeks.

 

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Discussion Discovery Services 2014-15 Goals and Current Activities

by Anne Larrivee on Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

The Committee's proposed goals for 2014-15 are as follows:

The Committee's proposed goals for 2014-15 are as follows:

  1. Examine the possibility of collaborating with other sections that can help with the planning of an ALA Annual Conference Program

  1. Explore different ways that previously created catalog use/discovery bibliography can be presented

  2. Continue to communicate new discovery services-related updates to the larger ALA community via listserv and/or other forms of communication

As a committee, we will continue to meet and dicuss the latest discovery & cataloging trends that are relevant to reference librarians. We will continue to explore methods for how to communicate our findings.

This past year's conference forum titled "Discussing Discovery Services: What's Working, What's Not, What's Next" welcomed over 120 people. Below is a brief overview:

 

Over 120 people attended the RSS Discovery Services Forum held on  Sunday, June 29th, from 3-4 pm. Five-minute talks were presented by:

Mireille Djenno, Gwen Gregory, and Ling Wang,University of Illinois at Chicago Library, Chicago

What We Discovered About Discovery: Comparing Two Discovery Systems at One Academic Library

 

Emily Keller, University of Washington Libraries

Dumbing down or drilling down? Librarians’ perspectives on discovery tools

 

Van Houlson, University of Minnesota

Alma in the Morning:  The Impact of a Next Generation Discovery System on Patrons and Staff at a Research Library

 

Rosalind Tedford, Wake Forest University

Future of Discovery: Analytics, Meet Instruction

 

The talks were followed by small group discussions held by the speakers. Overall evaluations of the forum were excellent to very good. PowerPoint slides of the presentations are available on the committee’s ALA Connect site.

The committee also is actively maintaining a bibliography of materials on the catalog and other discovery services at: http://connect.ala.org/node/202483

 

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Discussion Summary of Current Activities

by Peter Collins on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 04:43 pm

The Committee will continue to review best practices for the display or treatment of new types of collections in our library catalogs such as eBooks and purchase on demand books. The Committee will not meet at Midwinter but a future conference call will be scheduled to discuss findings and to begin planning for the discussion forum for the annual meeting.

Discussion 2012/13 Goals

by Peter Collins on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 01:06 pm

Goals for 2012/13

1. Focus on an issue affecting reference services and our patron communities today: the display or treatment of new types of collections in our catalogs such as eBooks and purchase on demand books, etc. – especially best practices within the confines of the library catalog to help users understand how to utilize these resources.

2. Organize a discussion forum at the ALA Annual Meeting 2013 with a small panel of speakers to address above issue.

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Update:  April 18, 2012

Goals for 2012/13

1. Focus on an issue affecting reference services and our patron communities today: the display or treatment of new types of collections in our catalogs such as eBooks and purchase on demand books, etc. – especially best practices within the confines of the library catalog to help users understand how to utilize these resources.

2. Organize a discussion forum at the ALA Annual Meeting 2013 with a small panel of speakers to address above issue.

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Update:  April 18, 2012

The Catalog Use Committee has been actively preparing for our Round Table Discussion which we will be hosting at the Annual conference.  The group met on a conference call on April 10 to wrap up some loose ends.  We are using Connect wiki spaces to finalize content for the conference and brainstorm our advertising venues.  Everything is coming together and looks like it will be a fun and informative session.

 

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Update:   October 17, 2011

The Catalog Use Committee will be having a virtual meeting later this month.  We are not planning to hold an onsight meeting at Mid-Winter, but we will have another virtual meeting around that time.  We will be using this time to decide on our agenda for Annual.  We have had success with Discussion Forums in the past, and I fully anticipate we will have information to at the Mid-Winter virtual meeting regarding our plans.

 

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July 25, 2011

The committee hosted a discussion forum at ALA Annual in New Orleans (Diving into the Deep End: Teaching the New Discovery Tools) on the experience of guiding library users in the adoption of web-scale discovery. Three panelists spoke about the experience in their libraries. There were 37 attendees, and the topic provoked lots of lively discussion. Based on the success of this forum, we will consider hosting another, perhaps at Midwinter in Dallas.

Goals:

The committee identified these goals for the next year at its meeting in New Orleans:

1) Keep the committee on the front line of presenting interesting ideas to ALA, by building on our previous successes hosting discussion forums.

2) Stimulate the involvement of all committee members in the activities of the committee.

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Discussion ANNOUNCEMENT: Mid-Winter Virtual Meeting

by Peter Collins on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 03:33 pm

The Catalog Use Committee will hold its Mid-Winter meeting via conference call this year.  Final agenda will be posted prior to the call, but the primary point of discussion will be to narrow down topics for our planned ALA Annual Roundtable Discussion.

MEETING INFORMATION:

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

PHONE:  805-360-1000
ACCESS CODE:  627692#

Discussion Discussion Forum at ALA 2011 in New Orleans: Updated to include presentations

by Steve Ostrem on Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 01:36 pm

Come join the Catalog Use Committee for a discussion forum in New Orleans:

Diving into the Deep End: Teaching the New Discovery Tools

Help us explore the experience of guiding library users in the adoption of web-scale discovery. Three panelists will talk about the experience in their libraries:

Come join the Catalog Use Committee for a discussion forum in New Orleans:

Diving into the Deep End: Teaching the New Discovery Tools

Help us explore the experience of guiding library users in the adoption of web-scale discovery. Three panelists will talk about the experience in their libraries:

Gabriel Duque, University of Michigan (see presentation here)
Bruce Stoffel, Illinois State University (see "stoffel.ppt" attachment for presentation)
Ridie Ghezzi, Dartmouth College (see "Summon Use at Dartmouth College.pptx" attachment for presentation)

But we also want to hear what is happening at your library! Come join us for a lively discussion on this topic:

Saturday, June 25, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Loews Hotel (300 Poydras St)
LaFourche Rm (9th floor)

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Our Mission
To focus on the use of catalogs and related emerging technologies in reference services, including: monitoring significant continuities and changes; identifying and examining critical issues; and providing a forum for discussion of innovation.

Five things you should know about the Catalog Use Committee
Consistent with its charge, the Catalog Use Committee:

  • Examines issues related to discovery and access in the library catalog (broadly defined).
  • Explores emerging technologies within the context of reference services, tracking those trends most likely to be adapted by libraries and be of benefit to users, such as mobile access.
  • Is concerned with maintaining the integrity of library catalogs for users in light of rapid changes in technology, promoting ease of use during transition, and assessing the gains and losses change brings.
  • Promotes the critical appraisal of library technology (what works, what doesn't), and the responsibility reference staff have in teaching the public how to use library systems.
  • Provides and supports opportunities to showcase innovations. The committee develops programs and discussions on these issues, and co-sponsors events developed by other ALA groups.

 

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