Discovery is one challenge that libraries face both strategically and managerially as they navigate through large-scale change.  It is equally an example of the opportunities they can find by explicitly addressing their changing roles in a well-designed decision-making process that incorporates evidence and judgment. While many libraries have invested in a new generation of discovery services in recent years, many libraries have also held a long-standing vision for their fundamental role in discovery –serving as a primary starting point for research.

In this webinar, Roger Schonfeld takes stock of whether these accomplishments and investments are being made in support of a realistic vision for the library’s role. For example, while libraries have served as the starting point for anonymous research inquiries, they might be able to support personalization, current awareness, and more user services.  Roger will review Ithaka S+R’s recent Issue Brief on discovery and provide an opportunity for participants to discuss existing, complementary, and alternative roles that libraries might pursue in support of discovery.

For the full text of the Issue Brief on this subject, please see “Does Discovery Still Happen in the Library? Roles and Strategies for a Shifting Reality.”

When: Friday, October 31, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT