With the advancement of sophisticated, unmediated information environments in academia, one of the traditional key roles of the library—as the intermediary between the end user and the library collection—is losing substance. Are libraries in danger of becoming just a means for enabling users to seamlessly access scholarly resources? Or are there new ways for librarians to demonstrate their library’s core asset—a thorough understanding of the scholarly information landscape, its twists and turns, and the manner in which it can be harnessed for the enrichment of an innovative, knowledgeable, critical, and collaborative academic community?
In this talk, I will discuss areas in academia in which the library can take an active, and even leading, role.
Making the Most of Discovery—Primo Today and in the Future
Discovery systems have become the norm for the academic community. As these systems mature, new possibilities are emerging that enable the systems to leverage the unique technological and content infrastructure that is now available. In today’s vast high-quality, well-structured information landscape, the combination of massive computing power and sophisticated algorithms can generate structures and build relationships between data elements. With the addition of advanced integration capabilities, new types of interfaces and services are now becoming feasible.
This presentation will describe recent enhancements to the Ex Libris Primo solution and illustrate various ways in which institutions have leveraged its capabilities. The talk will then focus on the Ex Libris plans for next-generation discovery and delivery.