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Friday, May 21 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Emergence of new public discovery services: connecting open web searchers to library content and The digital divide in public libraries' acquisition of electronic resources in the United States

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A growing number of new public citation databases, available free of charge and accessible on the open web, are offering researchers a new place to start their searching, providing an alternative to Google Scholar and library resources. These new “public discovery services,” sites such as Semantic Scholar and Meta, index significant portions of scholarly literature, then differentiate themselves by applying technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning to create results sets which are promoted as more meaningful, easier to navigate and more engaging than other discovery options.

Additionally, these new public discovery services are adding new linking technologies that connect researchers from citation records to full text content licensed on their behalf by their affiliated libraries. This linking is often seamless so it may not always be obvious to end users that access is enabled by their library.

With these new sites logging millions of sessions a month, they present unique opportunities for libraries to connect to researchers working outside the library and challenges in making how the library can make itself obvious in the user workflow.

This presentation will provide an overview of the new public discovery services, describe the mechanisms to link to full text, and discuss the implications for libraries.

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Kendall Bartsch

CEO, Third Iron
Kendall Bartsch is the co-founder and CEO of Third Iron who works with a terrific team to deliver LibKey and BrowZine to over 1,400 libraries around the world. Third Iron services deliver next-generation solutions that simplify and improve access to content, all while keeping the... Read More →

Friday May 21, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
On Demand (pre-recorded)