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*NISO Webinar – 48 Hours Left to Register For This NISO event*

*Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 1:00pm - 2:30pm (Eastern Daylight) *

*Discovery: Where Researchers Start*

*Confirmed Speakers:*

·       *Karin A. Wulf*, Professor, History and Director of the Omohundro
Institute, College of William and Mary;

·       *Joelen Pastva*, Head, Collection Management and Metadata Services,
Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University;

·       *Robert Sebek*, Collections Technology Specialist, Virginia Tech
University Libraries.

Here’s what those three speakers will be addressing:

*Where History Begins: As the Archive Turns Digital, and the Library
Becomes an Archive*

*Speaker: Karin Wulf*, Professor, History, and Director of the Omohundro
Institute, College of William and Mary

Though the humanities and social sciences vary dramatically by and even
within discipline, I’m going to focus in my talk on how research libraries
function in my own discipline of history. Libraries are less places of
discovery than gateways of access. Of course libraries have subscriptions
to online journal content, but for researchers they very crucially have
subscriptions to primary source collections. As more special collections
libraries digitize their holdings and make them available via their own
websites, a research library’s collection becomes less important as a means
to these research materials.

And yet what libraries still have--though they may not yet value-- is the
strata of material that is beginning to inform analysis of how scholarship
has evolved. For a journal and book publisher, I have come to understand
our place within libraries as part of the layers forming a corpus for
researchers engaged in the study of the discipline's origins as much as the
research contained within the journal’s pages. This turn toward the study
of the past’s past is quite important, and represents a larger pattern of
reflecting on the history of knowledge production in many disciplines.
Perhaps libraries may even need to reconsider deaccessioning.

*Beyond the index: research and discovery services in a health sciences

*Speaker*: *Joelen Pastva*, Head, Collection Management and Metadata
Services, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University

Electronic journals dominate the health sciences library landscape, but the
average library user is more able than ever to access journal content
through channels that obscure the library's role as a content provider.
Despite the improved functionality of centralized indexes of journal
articles offered by library discovery tools, health sciences researchers
just aren't using them. How are researchers finding their way to the
library, and how does the library connect with researchers?

This presentation examines the trends and metrics used to gauge user
engagement with library discovery platforms at a health sciences library
and how they influence design and configuration decisions. It discusses new
types of library-licensed resources that present challenges for discovery,
and specialized services that allow the library to meet the users where
they are.

*Configuring Knowledgebases for Discovery and Access*

*Speaker: Robert Sebek*, Collections Technology Specialist, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech's recent switch from one knowledgebase and discovery service
provider to another gave us an opportunity to review the primary means our
patrons use to access our resources. Through a combination of vendor
statistics and website analysis, we recognized that alternate means of
access were often ignored by librarians and that care would need to be
taken to ensure users could access the resources they need, regardless of
where they started their search. That resulted in updated LibGuides,
choices in configuring the knowledgebase, and new emphasis in training

*NOTE: Library Standards Alliance Members of NISO will automatically
receive sign-on credentials for this event as a member benefit. There is no
need to register separately. *Check your institutional membership status
*here* <>.

Want to pay for your library’s registration using a credit card? Use this
form <>.

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