Resource discoverability is the crossroads where library resources and users should come together, but do they? Librarians “catalog”resources by describing, indexing, and organizing them. Then they make these resources available -- on library shelves, in databases, and on the web. The Internet, however, is changing how people find and use information. Users increasingly are discovering relevant resources outside traditional library systems and expect immediate access to resources at the point of discovery. These changes are challenging traditional thinking on how we should “catalog” and provide access to resources. This panel intends to engage the audience in a lively discussion on issues of discoverability, trends in user information seeking behavior, the role of librarians in information seeking and finding, and implications for library system design.
Anne Diekema, Cheryl Walters, and Liz Woolcott. "Resource Discoverability" Utah Library Association Annual Conference. St. George, UT. May. 2010.
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