ALA Unit/Subunit: LITA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
As the discovery user experience continues to evolve, libraries are evaluating and implementing new approaches that deliver further engagement with the library’s collections. Indeed, at its core, the discovery index, a powerful, comprehensive and searchable listing of the library’s resources, can be meaningful outside of the immediate discovery environment. Consider these examples: the integration of discovery within the learning management system, within a Bento environment, within a mobile interface, within Alexa or Google Home, or within the ILS interface of the library’s choosing.
In this session panelists will examine the use of the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) API to enhance the discovery experience for users. Rob O’Connell from Smith College rand Bill Mischo from the University of Illinois will discuss how their institutions implemented a new discovery experience based on Bento box discovery layers. This session will include a look at these institutions designed, tested and implemented the new interface; the usability studies that went into shaping the current iteration, and improvements that are being considered for the future. In addition, Eric Frierson from EBSCO will look at different implementation options and additional ways to leverage the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) API in an array of environments – including Alexa, a mobile interface and the ILS – to further enhance the discovery experience for users.