Facet Publishing have announced the release of Ken Varnum’s new edited collection Exploring Discovery
We are in a new age of discovery. Not one recalled from history books, where exploration of the physical world proceeded apace, but an age where the incredible breadth and depth of knowledge is just as mysterious to the typical researcher. The new age of discovery builds on decades of advancements in handling metadata and full text in digital formats, natural language process
ing, keyword searching, and information science. The pace of change in the last half-century has been dizzying, enabling library technologists to enable information discovery across multiple scales, with tools and processes specific to each.
The concept of discovery covers scales from billions of items in the large web-scale systems to just hundreds of items at the other end of the scale in purpose-built discovery tools for an individual library. In his new book, editor Ken Varnum brings together leading experts to explore both discovery tools that have been made to enable in-depth access to relatively narrow information silos, as well as tools that enable exploration of broad swathes of digital and off-line content.
Using a series of case studies, Exploring Discovery illustrates the interfaces and technologies that can be used by libraries today and examines the future of discovery. Divided into four sections, I) Vended Discovery Systems, II) Custom Discovery Systems, III) Interfaces, IV) Content and Metadata, the book covers key topics including:
- choosing a web-scale discovery system
- libraries, archives and museums sharing a single discovery tool
- managing internal development requirements with the constraints of a small or medium-sized library
- integrating discovery to improve user experience
- custom discovery systems built with open-source software
- metadata challenges in discovery services
- open access and discovery tools
- regional aggregation and discovery of digital collections.
The Midwest Book Review said, “Exploring Discovery is easy to dip into as needed, and provides a comprehensive examination of discovery services that will prove invaluable to IT, web development, electronic resource management, and technical services staff”.
More information: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=300969
Watch Ken Varnum describe the book in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jynPinGopn4
New from Facet Publishing: Managing Metadata in Web-scale Discovery Systems edited by Louise F. Spiteri, Dalhousie University.
Libraries are increasingly using web-scale discovery systems to help clients find a wide assortment of library materials, including books, journal articles, special collections, archival collections, videos, music and open access collections. Depending on the library material catalogued, the discovery system might need to negotiate different metadata standards, such as AACR, RDA, RAD, FOAF, VRA Core, METS, MODS, RDF and more.
With this new book, you can harness the power of linked data and web-scale discovery systems to manage and link widely varied content across your library collection.
Editor Louise Spiteri and a range of international experts show you how to:
- maximize the effectiveness of web-scale discovery systems
- provide a smooth and seamless discovery experience to your users
- help users conduct searches that yield relevant results
- manage the sheer volume of items to which you can provide access, so your users can actually find what they need
- maintain shared records that reflect the needs, languages, and identities of culturally and ethnically varied communities
- manage metadata both within, across, and outside, library discovery tools by converting your library metadata to linked open data that all systems can access
- manage user generated metadata from external services such as Goodreads and LibraryThing
- mine user generated metadata to better serve your users in areas such as collection development or readers’ advisory.
The book will be essential reading for cataloguers, technical services and systems librarians and library and information science students studying modules on metadata, cataloguing, systems design, data management, and digital libraries. It will also be of interest to those managing metadata in archives, museums and other cultural heritage institutions.