Presentation Abstracts

The following proposals were accepted by the planning committee and will be part of the 2018 library conference to be held May 30-31, 2018 at the University of Illinois.


Library Conference Proposals - 2018

  • ​User Behavior

    User Behavior

  • A Framework for Patron-Centered Smart Fulfillment

    A Framework for Patron-Centered Smart Fulfillment

    Kurt Munson, Hilary Thompson, Melissa Eighmy Brown

    What would a modern, smart, streamlined and lightweight fulfillment system look like? What parts go together to make this system?

    What existing tools’ functionality can we incorporate? How do we measure its effectiveness for users? For library staff? For the BTAA?

  • Cataloging Systems and Linked Data Strategist

    Cataloging Systems and Linked Data Strategist

    Ruth Kitchin Tillman, Zoe Chao

    After assessing migration options, the Penn State University Libraries decided against changing systems and set out to reuse the data from existing systems and services in an entirely different context. How might we surpass catalog classic by indexing the MARC ourselves? How might initial Summon faceting highlight the service's strengths, rather than overwhelming users with the one billion records to which we have access? We provide an overview of our systems and context, highlight research and user testing, review work to date and its challenges, and show where this fits in our overall vision for Discovery to Delivery.

  • Improving Targeted Discovery Through a Use Case in Music

    Improving Targeted Discovery Through a Use Case in Music

    Rachael Cohen

    Students, faculty, and researchers need an efficient way to access collections with specialized content. Discovery layers can be designed to precisely target that content directly, focusing search results on the most relevant collections. Such a distinct view in Blacklight, the open source discovery layer in use at Indiana University, is allowing users to identify desired content from the William and Gayle Cook Music Library, widely recognized as one of the largest academic music libraries in the world and comprises nearly 10% of all holdings at IU Bloomington. Music librarians, along with Discovery and User Experience Librarians are creating this specialized view, providing search capabilities utilizing descriptive data elements to the music user community. By exploring how music users differ from general users leading to issues in discovery, presenters will showcase the strategies implemented for increasing music discovery at IU, and ways these solutions could be applied to other specialized collections.

  • Linked Open Data

    Linked Open Data

  • Enhancing identification, selection, and serendipity through LOD

    Enhancing Identification, Selection, and Serendipity through LOD

    Timothy W. Cole, Myung-Ja (MJ) K. Han

    Discovery is rarely a single step process. For many searches (e.g., where a truly representative or near comprehensive result is sought), even as indexing and ranking algorithms become increasingly sophisticated and powerful, library users still seek context and descriptive cues to help them understand, identify and select from the resources returned by a keyword search. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign we have been experimenting to identify and begin assessing a range of Linked Open Data (LOC) approaches with the seeming potential to further facilitate the discovery process for library users searching select of our digitized special collections. This presentation will focus on three LOD-based approaches implemented to enhance discovery and provide a summary of some initial responses to these approaches from early testing with users.

  • Unlocking Metadata for Discovery in the Time of Linked Data

    Unlocking Metadata for Discovery in the Time of Linked Data

    Stephen Hearn, Myung-Ja (MJ) K. Han

    The current trend of discovery is toward merging least common denominator metadata from large pools of diverse resources with different granularities and different vocabularies. However, such merging is not the proper focus for metadata design in discovery, especially in the time of linked open data. More analytical and granular metadata can usually be generalized for such discovery environments, but designing metadata for such environments sacrifices too much value and specificity that should be preserved for the description and access of specific focused collections. This presentation discusses why libraries have to get away from the desire for one metadata standard, one format, one discovery experience, etc., in favor of an approach which respects and celebrates diverse approaches to areas of institutional and disciplinary focus. The presentation then shares how the extensibility of linked open data might unlock metadata to meet the needs of focused research communities’ discovery environments.

  • New Developments in Discovery

    New Developments in Discovery

  • Coordinated Discovery at Madison

    Coordinated Discovery at Madison

    Bruce Barton, Lee Konrad

    UW Madison has been implementing a new approach to resource discovery that reflects the fact that research libraries deliver a wide range of resources in a number of distinct categories: bibliographic catalog, articles, digital collections, database subject taxonomy and A-Z lists, library services, etc.  Rather than lumping categories together in a homogenous web-scale discovery experience or presenting the top search results from various discovery tools in a segmented bento box shell, we aim to coordinate discovery across separate specialized discovery experiences organized by resource category.  Coordination includes presenting suggestions from other categories based on an estimate of nearness of match for known item searches.  This talk describes the approach and implementation, and reviews our experience to date with running the platform in production.  We will touch on our motivations and driving use cases.

  • Open Source Discovery: More Context, More Services

    Open Source Discovery: More Context, More Services

    Robert McDonald, KenVarnum

    Open source discovery systems allow for flexibility to create highly customized discovery environments, enabling access, and delivery of various content to meet the needs of diverse user communities, varied technical requirements, and integrations into library services platforms and other content delivery systems (off-site storage, ILL etc). Indiana University, University of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan have utilized the extensibility offered by open source discovery solutions to create a more user-centered approach to discovery and delivery. This discovery approach offers a strategic view of discovery that enables more longer-term control for the library as our discovery interface is one of our single greatest points of contact with our users. Panelists from Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan will discuss how each of their different open source platforms are being customized to provide effective, coherent, and coordinated discovery across a broad range of resources and services.

  • BTAA Perspectives

    BTAA Perspectives

  • Building a known-item article search index from proxy logs and DOI metadata

    Building a Known-item Article Search Index from Proxy Logs and DOI Metadata

    Cody Hanson, Michael Berkowski

    The University of Minnesota Libraries is experimenting with an article search index built atop a growing collection of DOI metadata resolved from articles accessed through our proxy server. We will present a proof-of-concept of this search index intended to support known-item article searching through a search suggestion interface. Our goal is to, where possible, assist users by providing a proxied link directly to the article they seek, rather than routing them through a discovery interface and link resolver.

  • Challenges and Opportunities related to the Discovery of Special Collections Resources

    Challenges and Opportunities Related to the Discovery of Special Collections Resources

    Terry Reese, Nena Couch

    OSU Libraries has been taking a closer look at how we can better support our constituent communities.  How do we make the silos that comprise the libraries easier for our users to traverse?  Special Collections content represents some very specific challenges as metadata for these materials are often designed to be viewed within the context of their finding aids, exhibits, or digital collection systems.  Additionally, depending on the type of content, the description practices and level of description can vary significantly.  When placed within the context of non-special collections items, the diverse formats represented in these collections can create interesting indexing issues that affect relevancy.  

    We will look at OSU’s discovery project and discuss the ways in which special collections materials are represented.  We’ll talk about the long-term goals as well as some of the ways that we are considering current practices and how they can better support resource discovery.

  • Implementing a "bento box" search result set

    Implementing a "Bento Box" Search Result Set

    Kelly Sattler, Christine Tobias

    MSU Libraries recently implemented a new set of search results for each of the branches in the library that display in a "bento box" format. I'd like to share the process going through the steps from conception to implementation sharing the process to obtain buy-in as well as some of the technical hurdles we needed to jump over.

  • “Get It”: Streamlining Fulfillment at UChicago

    “Get It”: Streamlining Fulfillment at UChicago

    David Bietila

    This March, UChicago Library will dramatically simplify the user interfaces and workflows associated with our document delivery and fulfillment services. Our library will merge consortial document delivery services, traditional ILL, and recalls into a single queue, and will automatically route requests to the most favorable borrowing option. The new interface that accompanies this combined document delivery service automatically pre-checks local availability of resources and conceals redundant eresources. This presentation will detail how UChicago coordinated the efforts of staff members in document delivery, user experience design, and digital library development to produce this new environment..