Collaborative Improvements: ODI Success Stories

Working Group Connections LIVE!

NISO Working Group Connections LIVE!

NISO is happy to introduce a new program for 2015, Working Group Connections LIVE! These events will be free and open to all, and registrations will be managed through an RSVP survey. There is no limit to attendance, and information on how to participate in these webinars will be listed on the event page.

The NISO Working Groups are an integral part of advancing best practices and information standards in the library community. The groups are comprised of volunteers in the library, vendor, and publisher communities who may all have a specific interest in protocols, initiatives, and other related projects. NISO strives to engage these groups by forming working groups and coming together around issues and challenges that impact the entire community. 

About the Event

What does success look like when it comes to library discoverability? Index based discovery systems have seen a dramatic rate of adoption since introduction to the research ecosystem in 2009, with more than 9,000 libraries relying on a discovery system to provide users with a comprehensive index to their offerings. Some issues bar the way to providing this comprehensive view, but many challenges have been overcome through collaboration between libraries, content providers and discovery partners. The NISO ODI initiative began to examine these issues in 2011, and released a best practice in June 2014.

Speakers will highlight examples of successful collaboration, note continued areas of challenge, and provide insight on how the Open Discovery Initiative Conformance Checklists can be used as a mechanism to evaluate content provider or discovery provider conformance with the best practice.

Event Sessions



1:00 p.m.

Brief background on role of discovery service in the library and ODI 


Laura Morse

Director, Library Systems & Support
Harvard University

1:10 p.m.

Stakeholder Perspectives on Discovery Challenges

Discovery and Library Strategic Planning Don Gilstrap, Dean of University Libraries, Wichita State University


1:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The goals of academic libraries are heavily weighted toward improved user experiences and innovative uses of resources. Outside of our staffs, a true discovery experience is transformative in recreating the research environment for both students and faculty. It may very well be the crux of our emerging research ecosystem and can improve decision-making s as it relates to and interacts with the components that surround it. In order to optimally serve our users, the emergence of ideas surrounding shared metadata and technologies are critical aspects to growth and development of this research ecosystem. Libraries should be able to evaluate each component in the research network that adds value to a robust discovery layer, ranging from the ILS to databases, and from eBooks to journal and holdings management. We should be confident that we can select ideal features that meet the needs of our users, and these components must be interoperable and subscribe to standardized protocols in APIs, web services, and metadata architectures - which can only be accomplished through fully supported vendor partnerships.

MLA International Bibliography Challenges and Concerns in the Discovery Environment


Barbara Chen

(Retired) Director of Bibliographic Information Services and Editor, MLA International Bibliography
Modern Language Association (MLA)

1:30 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Database producers need to provide as many access points to their data as possible and discovery platforms are one important opportunity to consider. With years of participation, the MLA Bibliography has experienced some challenges related to discovery but still continues to participate.

Stakeholder Perspectives on Discovery Challenges


1:40 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. 

With discovery systems such as Summon, EDS and Primo Central, patrons can search nearly all of their libraries' resources from a single platform. In this session, we will discuss the challenges associated with normalizing and unifying metadata from disparate sources into one index, while ensuring the best possible user experience.

ODI Success Stories

How Successful is the MLA International Bibliography in the Discovery Environment? ​​​​​​​


Barbara Chen

(Retired) Director of Bibliographic Information Services and Editor, MLA International Bibliography
Modern Language Association (MLA)

1:50 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Can users find Bibliography records in their discovery searches? Since discovery services and libraries can configure their platforms in a multitude of ways, it is impossible to determine what the potential results are with one search experience. The Bibliography sought feedback about search results from librarians via a questionnaire. The findings will be discussed. 

Overview of the recent ProQuest/Ex Libris collaboration


2:10 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

ProQuest and Ex Libris entered into an agreement to index ProQuest’s content in Primo, Ex Libris’ discovery system, in January 2014. In this session, we will touch upon the challenges and opportunities of this collaboration.

Panel Discussion ​​​​​​​

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Moderated by Laura Morse, Director, Library Systems, Library Technology Services, Harvard University and Lettie Conrad, Executive Manager, Product Analysis, SAGE Publications 

Attendees are invited to ask any questions related to challenges and successes in discoverability

Additional Information

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