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Thursday, November 7 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Discovery and Collections: When Too Much is Definitely Not Enough

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As academic library collections have become more a proliferation of silo e-resources than a managed collection, discovery systems have become necessary for libraries to represent this vast ocean of content as a single collection. New content seems to just show up, especially with the growing open-access movement. Ebooks and resources that were buried in individual database silos are now as findable and the regular monographic collection. Leased ebook collections such as Springer, Ebrary, or Ebsco instantly add 100,000 titles instantly and these collections keep growing. The discovery systems are moving targets of development and continue to find ways to incorporate more content while also organizing it better. Patron-driven- acquisition exposes thousands of titles and invites patrons to select for themselves. Are we now in the post-collection-development age? Should discovery be focused on the individual library digital/print collection? Or open-ended where the “Amazon-like” library is primarily a procurement service? Panelists Andy Perry (SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY), Rob Zylstra (MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta), and Ron Burns (Vice President of Global Software Services, EBSCO Information Services) all are involved with the Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS), how it affects libraries, and how it is likely to evolve. EDS, Summon, Primo, and WorldCat Local all fundamentally change how patrons will be viewing library collections that are both too much while always not enough. This topic is broad and provocative and we’ll be inviting the audience to weigh in on these existential questions. There should be a lot of opinions.

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Ron Burns

VP Global Software Services, EBSCO
Ron leads a global team of Discovery Service Engineers and EBSCO’s technology customer outreach initiatives. Ron has been with EBSCO for 10 years and is a software industry veteran having been involved with several web content management and search technology companies throughout his career.

Andrew Perry

Head of Library Technologies, Milne Library, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta NY

Robert Zylstra

Campus Librarian, MacEwan University

Thursday November 7, 2013 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Colonial Ballroom, Embassy Suites Historic District 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403

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