Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content

Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content EL Book reviews 35,6 Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content Edited by Kenneth J. Varnum London Facet 292 p. £64.95 Soft cover ISBN 978-1-78330-096-9 Review DOI 10.1108/EL-07-2017-0157 The concept of “discovery” is far from new; it has been around since acquisitions lists and library catalogues first appeared. The difference today is the sheer amount of published material and the number of services available to help librarians manage, access and disseminate selected information to patrons. And today, more than ever, the patrons themselves have access to a bewildering range of resources. To be comfortable in this fast-changing environment is challenging and a book such as this is a useful resource to enable librarians to choose at what level they want or need to engage with the new technology. Each chapter of the book is by a different author which immediately introduces a variety of styles and approaches. The short biographies provided are interesting to read before starting their respective chapters. The book’s chapters are usefully divided into sections with a common theme. The section on purchased systems provides a variety of aspects from librarians’ experiences with different commercial vendors; selection and migration processes; and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Electronic Library Emerald Publishing

Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content

The Electronic Library, Volume 35 (6): 2 – Nov 6, 2017

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0264-0473
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10.1108/EL-07-2017-0157
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EL Book reviews 35,6 Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content Edited by Kenneth J. Varnum London Facet 292 p. £64.95 Soft cover ISBN 978-1-78330-096-9 Review DOI 10.1108/EL-07-2017-0157 The concept of “discovery” is far from new; it has been around since acquisitions lists and library catalogues first appeared. The difference today is the sheer amount of published material and the number of services available to help librarians manage, access and disseminate selected information to patrons. And today, more than ever, the patrons themselves have access to a bewildering range of resources. To be comfortable in this fast-changing environment is challenging and a book such as this is a useful resource to enable librarians to choose at what level they want or need to engage with the new technology. Each chapter of the book is by a different author which immediately introduces a variety of styles and approaches. The short biographies provided are interesting to read before starting their respective chapters. The book’s chapters are usefully divided into sections with a common theme. The section on purchased systems provides a variety of aspects from librarians’ experiences with different commercial vendors; selection and migration processes; and

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The Electronic LibraryEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 6, 2017

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