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Library Discovery Tools: Research by UVM Library Faculty

Librarians at Bailey/Howe have been busy this year and we have lots of news about research publications and conference presentations to share. Today we’d like to congratulate our colleagues Aaron Nichols, Emily Crist (now at Champlain College), Graham Sherriff, and Megan Allison for their recent publication in the Journal of Web Librianship. Their article, “What Does it Take to Make Discovery a Success?: A Survey of Discovery Tool Adoption, Instruction, and Evaluation Among Academic Libraries” is about library search tools like CATQuest.
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Abstract:

Discovery tools have been widely adopted by academic libraries, yet little information exists that connects common practices regarding discovery tool implementation, maintenance, assessment, and staffing with conventions for research and instruction. The authors surveyed heads of reference and instruction departments in research and land-grant university libraries. The survey results revealed common practices with discovery tools among academic libraries. This study also draws connections between operational, instructional, and assessment practices and perceptions that participants have of the success of their discovery tool. Participants who indicated successful implementation of their discovery tool hailed from institutions that made significant commitments to the operations, maintenance, and acceptance of their discovery tool. Participants who indicated an unsuccessful implementation, or who were unsure about the success of their implementation, did not make lasting commitments to the technical maintenance, operations, and acceptance of their discovery tool.

A post-print version of the authors’ manuscript is available for download  from Scholarworks @ UVM.

Recommended citation:

Nichols, Aaron F., Emily Crist, Graham Sherriff, and Megan Allison. 2017. “What Does It Take to Make Discovery a Success?: A Survey of Discovery Tool Adoption, Instruction, and Evaluation Among Academic Libraries.” Journal of Web Librarianship 0 (0): 1–20. doi:10.1080/19322909.2017.1284632.

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