“Why can’t I search the library the way Google searches the Web?”Librarians have been fielding that question for more than a decade as popular general search engines have set new expectations for service, searching and responsiveness. The complexity of multiple formats and the sheer scale of library collections have proven formidable barriers to simple, speedy, single search box interfaces. However, a new technology called a unified search index—the core of the groundbreaker Summon web-scale discovery service—offers the promise of answering that question with “You can.”Join us for an insightful panel discussion that explores the emerging framework of web-scale discovery and what distinguishes the unified search index from existing library technologies. Expert panelists Marshall Breeding and Eric Lease Morgan will define the unified search index, as well as web-scale discovery – both their mechanics and their impact on library users. This intriguing discussion will examine the library’s new ally in taking back its role as the starting point for research and exposing the expanse of its content riches.
Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research for the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University
Eric Lease Morgan, Head of the Digital Access and Information Architecture Department, University Libraries of Notre Dame
Andrew Nagy, Senior Discovery Services Engineer, Serials Solutions
Friday, July 24, 2009
The archived version of Defining Web-Scale Discovery: The Promise of a Unified Search Index for Libraries is now available.