Content, Focus and Quality in the Library Discovery Experience

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DATE: Tuesday, September 7, 2010  | TIME: 2:00&#82113:00 PM ET | REGISTER TODAY

Internet search engines provide access to knowledge and information with speed, convenience, and on a mind-bendingly vast scale. What does this mean for libraries that have seen themselves as a first stop for general reference as well as serious research? What does a library have to offer when the search for entertainment, knowledge, and information almost always begins somewhere else?

National Public Radio’s longest serving librarian, Kee Malesky, will lead a panel of librarians who are demonstrating to their communities of users that the library can provide a context, quality, and audience-focused discovery experience that is beyond what the search engines offer. These three very different institutions from across the country will discuss the strategy, technology, local content, and best practices they are developing to deliver a differentiated user experience.

  • Wyoming State Librarian Lesley Boughton will discuss the current state and future of WYLD, a statewide collaborative effort to provide access to the collections and services of every Wyoming library on the “Electronic Frontier.” In particular, she will discuss the Wyoming Places Project – an innovative interface that pulls together a variety of digital assets to highlight the history of more than 2000 Wyoming places.
  • INFOhio Executive Director Terri Fredericka will discuss how INFOhio uses SchoolRooms, a K-12 multimedia online discovery portal developed in collaboration with SirsiDynix to foster interdisciplinary exploration. SchoolRooms is a collection of browseable and searchable virtual rooms that combine, library catalog resources, and a local video collection with an index of educator-selected, standards-based web content.
  • Kansas City Public Library (MO) has harnessed the powerful combination of public relations, community outreach and social media to place its services, expertise and events front and center with the greater Kansas City metro area. Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, KCPL Executive Director for Operations, will share how community awareness was created and maximized by using emerging technologies that are readily available, and the best practices behind those efforts.

From library director to front-liner, from any library type, webcast attendees will benefit from hearing from these leaders how they put theory into practice with innovative projects and processes that allow their communities to appreciate and demand the services that truly differentiate a library’s discovery experience and information sources.

This 60-minute webcast will include an interactive Q&A with the panel, so come prepared for a lively session. Attendees may also download a certificate for continuing education unit credit from the audience console.


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