Two Part Webinar: Enabling Discovery


About This Two-Part Webinar

For purposes of discovery, the metadata supplied to libraries for e-book content must be complete, explicit and accurate. APIs have been constructed. Best practices have been identified. What are the gaps that still affect the user experience in identifying and navigating to needed content? Why might be needed to bridge those gaps? This session will bring together a cross-section of content providers and libraries to discuss the challenges faced.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Part 1 of this Webinar, Vendor Perspectives originally scheduled for January 9, has been re-scheduled for Monday, January 14, 2019. The broadcast will begin at 11:00am and end at 12:30pm

Confirmed Speakers: Michael Roberts, Content Discovery Manager, Emerald Publishing; Jon Elwell, Senior Product Manager, Collection Development and Content Strategy, EBSCO Publishing; Susan Doerr, Assistant Director, Digital Publishing and Operations Manager, University of Minnesota Press

Part 2 of this Webinar, Library Perspectives, will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. The broadcast will begin at 1:00pm and end at 2:30pm, as per NISO's usual practice. 

Confirmed Speakers: Alistair Morrison, Manager of Library Applications, Eisenhower Library, Johns Hopkins University; Elizabeth MiragliaAssistant Program Director, Metadata Services and Head, Books & Serials Metadata, UC San Diego Library; Shana McDanold, Assistant Manager, Cataloging, District of Columbia Public Library

Event Sessions

Data-driven discovery to delivery: A publisher's perspective


Michael Roberts

Content Discovery Manager, Emerald Group Publishing
Emerald Group Publishing

What are the problems facing users when finding and using ebook content? This talk will outline how Emerald are working to spot and fix issues affecting the whole Discovery-to-Delivery pathway, including some case studies illustrating where things can go wrong and how we've identified and fixed them.

This speaker will be presenting on January 9th.

Aggregators and Metadata: What is their Role?


EBSCO eBooks partners with over 1,300 contract publishers and more than 4,000 imprints to host over 1.4 million eBooks and audiobooks. Each one of those ebooks/audiobooks comes with hundreds of data points associated. Today I am going to talk about how we handle this deluge of data by standardizing, prioritizing and enhancing it so it can be utilized to drive title discovery at both points of use and purchase.

This speaker will be presenting on January 9th.

The Pathways for Monograph Metadata at a University Press


Suusan Doerr

Assistant Director, Digital Publishing and Operations Director
University of Minnesota Press

Many university presses rely on distribution partners and other intermediary service providers to deliver and enhance monograph metadata for use in library discovery systems, including creating MARC records for monographs. This can lead to gaps in a press’s  knowledge about how our metadata is enhanced for a library’s system. Some presses create descriptive metadata that could be valuable to libraries and our retailer partners, but have no mechanism for delivering that metadata to libraries. This talk is a look inside the University of Minnesota Press and our metadata creation and delivery process. In the past year our team have worked with librarians at the University of Minnesota Library to check our assumptions, better understand metadata delivery systems, and improve our knowledge.

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