Discovery Engines and Libraries
Greg R. Notess, Montana State University Library, United States
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For library resources, the advent of discovery engines that combine catalog searches with full text and index searches creates new opportunities for libraries and researchers. The current generation of discovery search tools have grown in sophistication, capabilities, content covered, and new search features. Yet they still struggle with meaningful relevance ranking and clearly differentiating the types of content included. This session investigates at the current advantages and disadvantages of discovery engines along with highlighting the latest developments and opportunities for discovery services.
Author's professional CV
Greg R. Notess is reference team leader and a professor at Montana State University. He has been writing, speaking, and consulting about Internet information resources and search engines since 1991. A three-time Information Authorship award winner, he is the „On the Net“ and „Search Engine Update“ columnist for ONLINE. He is the author of the several Internet books including Screencasting for Libraries, Teaching Web Search Skills: Techniques and Strategies of Top Trainers, and Government Information on the Internet. An internationally-known conference speaker on search engines and other Internet topics, he has spoken at conferences such as Internet Librarian, Online Information, Web Search University, Computers in Libraries, the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, and international meetings in London, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Pretoria, Montreal, Copenhagen, Sydney, Zagreb, and several locations in India. On the web he maintains SearchEngineShowdown.com and covers screencasting developments on his LibCasting blog.