Making the Difference in Discovery: Why ‘Web-Scale’ Defines True Discovery

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SPONSORED BY: Serials Solutions, and Library Journal
SCHEDULED EVENT DATE: Thursday, September 16, 2010– 2:00 PM EDT – 60 minutes

A Broad Range of Discovery Solutions

Discovery services—with their ability to dramatically increase collection usage, improve user experience, and raise the profile and value of the library—are being examined by libraries worldwide.

Today’s discovery service products offer a range of solutions, and librarians who have conducted a serious evaluation have learned the difference between web-scale discovery, pioneered by the Summon™ service, and the blended systems that include federated search.

In the past year, more than 90 libraries in 16 countries have chosen Summon as their web-scale discovery service —and are enjoying the results. Many of these college and university libraries will welcome a new wave of students by offering them the “wow” of a one-search-box research experience rivaling the open Web.

The Web-Scale Discovery Difference

This webcast focuses on the primary distinction of web-scale discovery: the Unified Search Index that propels sub-second searches, and results that are unbiased—relevance ranked from a myriad of content types and providers in one convenient list. By attending this webcast, you will learn:

  • how web-scale discovery works and
  • why a unified search index is a necessary component for the true discovery that satisfies user expectations and research needs

Featured Speakers

Jonathan Miller, Director of the Olin Library at Rollins College, will discuss how Rollins staff engaged with the new approach of web-scale discovery to realize its potential in working with their library’s existing services

Andrew Nagy, Market Manager, Discovery Services, Serials Solutions, will speak to the power of the Unified Search Index

Andrea Michalek, Director of Technology, Discovery Services, Serials Solutions, will cover the importance and intricacies of relevancy

Mike Buschman, Senior Product Manager, Serials Solutions, will describe the richness of the index content, another differentiator of the Summon service

The event will be moderated by John Law, Vice President, Discovery Services, Serials Solutions

If you are not able to make the live webcast of Making the Difference in Discovery, register now and you will get an email notification from Library Journal after the event when the webcast is archived and available for viewing at your convenience.