[Web4lib] Seeking proposals for MARS Local Systems & Services ALA Midwinter Forum - "Discovery Systems..."

Carole Pilkinton pilkinton.10 at nd.edu
Fri Nov 13 14:39:13 EST 2009

The MARS Local Systems & Services committee is calling for panelists for
its 2010 ALA Midwinter meeting in Boston on Sunday, January 17, 2010,
1:30-3:00. The discussion forum topic is "Discovery Systems: Solutions a
User Could Love?"

We will highlight the experiences of libraries that have implemented
"next generation discovery tools" that attempt to provide access to
disparate library collections from a single search box. Examples could 
Summon, Primo, WorldCat Local, Encore, others;  the system should be in
production, and should have the ability to include resources beyond the
catalog. We are interested in knowing why you made your choice, your
implementation experience, what was gained, what surprises and
challenges you may have encountered, and how your users have responded
to the change.

Each panelist should plan to speak for no more than 15-20 minutes and
participate in a general Q&A at the end of the session.

Please e-mail proposals to: Matt Lee (Reference Librarian, Minitex,
Minneapolis, MN) at leems001 at umn.edu

Proposals should include a title (including name of discovery system)
and brief summary of the talk, as well as the names, positions and
e-mail addresses of the presenters. Deadline for proposals: December 1,

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