Thursday, December 18, 2014

Call for Papers LIR Annual Seminar – Discovery Tools

The 2015 LIR Annual Seminar will take place on Monday March 30 in Dublin.
Closing date for submissions
20th February 2015
 Many libraries have implemented web scale discovery tools but what have they found? Are they popular, have they improved usage of resources and what challenges have they created? This seminar will analyse the current issues surrounding discovery solutions including next generation library systems, their use in Irish libraries, as well as analysing developments in libraries further afield.
 This is an excellent opportunity to showcase innovative and interesting developments in your organisation. We would like to invite proposals for snapshots to give attendees a chance to see how your organisation has implemented discovery tools, what their impact has been and whether they've earned their keep in your institution. 

Snapshot presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length. Examples of welcome topics include:
·  Selection and implementation: open source v proprietary
·  The challenges of new formats
·  Impact on information literacy; retrieval and enquiry services
·  Measuring impact: are users getting better results? How is this data being captured?
·  Strategy: how has this changed how libraries work and what does it mean for the future of the catalogue? 
We are particularly interested in hearing about your experience of resource discovery solutions, any challenges you faced and how you went about overcoming them. What lessons have you learned? Would you approach it differently next time? The themes above are broad, and you shouldn't feel limited to these topics.
Expressions of interest and proposals for snapshot presentations should be forwarded to by February 20th 2015.

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