Thinking Outside the Search Box: How 3 MD Libraries Implemented, Customized and Taught Discovery Services to Meet Student Needs

A session at MLA/DLA Annual Conference 2013

  • Li Fu
  • Shana M. Gass
  • Amanda Youngbar

Friday 10th May, 2013

9:15am to 11:15am (EST)

Discovery services allow patrons to search across their libraries’ collections via one search box. To encourage successful discovery experiences, librarians should consider how they might customize and teach these resources. The UMUC Library has implemented subject searching with EBSCO Discovery Service, allowing users to limit their searches to subject-specific databases. We’ll describe the collaboration between UMUC’s systems and reference librarians to develop, test, launch, promote, and assess subject searching. Librarians from Towson University and Loyola/Notre Dame will share their experiences teaching with discovery services and discuss ways in which discovery services can be used in reference work.

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Li Fu

University of Maryland, University College

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Cynthia Thomes
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Shana M. Gass

Towson University

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Rosie Hanneke
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Amanda Youngbar

MLIS Candidate, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, School of Information Studies

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Time 9:15am11:15am EST

Date Fri 10th May 2013


Conference 1, Clarion Resort Hotel

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