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Wednesday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Discovery’s Foundation: Effectively Leveraging a Century’s Worth of Metadata

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Available metadata can determine the opportunities for integrating collections and creating functionality in discovery tools. But when is developing the best user experience for a discovery interface a matter of writing the most effective code? Designing the most intuitive user interface? Or, creating and enhancing metadata to meet discovery needs?

Given variations in metadata we aggregate, does complete integration create the best user experience, when do silos really cause discovery problems, and what are metadata practices that will allow for robust functionality across collections within a single discovery environment? This presentation explores how metadata practices affect the possible functionality of discovery layers, and the discoverability of the titles they index. It looks at common problems libraries face communicating with users about available resources, and the usability trouble that creates.

Developing an open source discovery layer gives a lot of flexibility, which can be both empowering and overwhelming. This presentation primarily draws on the experience of developing a Blacklight discovery layer while also retaining a vendor provided discovery layer at Brown University Library. It also explores general themes that are apparent in the implementation of discovery interfaces at various colleges and universities.

Jeanette Norris is a metadata librarian and chair of the Discovery Advisory Committee at Brown University Library. She is working on the discovery development team and is an expert on the effect that metadata policies and practices have on the quality of the user experience and the functionality we create. Part of this analysis will also include decisions BUL made, such as opting not to integrate our catalog into our vended central article index, and how we have approached integration with our digital collections.


Jeanette Norris

Metadata Management Librarian, Brown University

Wednesday November 8, 2017 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott Hotel 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401