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A new era of discovery systems commenced in 2008 with the release of services that aim to index and provide access to an increasingly comprehensive body of library resources. This new genre of products, including Summon from Serials Solutions, EBSCO Discovery Service, Primo Central from Ex Libris, and OCLC’s WorldCat Local, promised to revolutionize how students and researchers discover, access, and use library resources of all types. These products aim to provide a Google-like search experience for library collections without the pitfalls of federated searching and to allow librarians to focus on promoting information literacy rather than on helping users navigate confusing information silos. This program will examine how well discovery systems deliver on their promises four years into their development. Our panelists will take a close look at the promise of discovery systems and discuss their practical applications and limitations.


Presentation given at the 2012 American Library Association Conference and Exhibition. Sunday, Presented June 24, 2012 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm at the Anaheim Convention Center 304AB.

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