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Elevating Access: Transitioning from OCLC Discovery to EDS Health

Monday, May 6
4:55 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Discovery services are increasingly popular within the library community because of the users’ ability to conduct simply searches and receive unified results. Five years ago, the University of Louisville Libraries converted from Voyager to OCLC Discovery. In that timeframe, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library witnessed a rise in user dissatisfaction, in addition to an increase in time spent by librarians solving access issues.

Description : Since the transition from Voyager to OCLC Discovery, Kornhauser Library recognized that the OCLC product did not meet the needs of health sciences users. The lack of medical terminology and taxonomies provided a unique challenge for both users and librarians. As a result of the challenges presented by OCLC Discovery, the Head of Collections and the Emerging Technologies Librarian researched two health specific Discovery Services: OVID’s Discovery and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) Health. The two products were presented to library faculty, and the decision was made to move forward with implementing a trial of EDS Health. In this presentation, the challenges of attracting buy-in, funding, and implementation will be discussed.

Conclusion : In order to evaluate EDS Health, the Head of Collections and Emerging Technologies Librarian formed a team consisting of representatives from all departments within Kornhauser Library. This team will evaluate searching efficiency, report any access issues, and trial the product with test users. The ultimate goal is to have this preliminary testing completed by the end of Spring 2019 and a full launch by orientation season.


Tiffney A. Gipson-Goodwin

Head of Collections & Development
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Tiffney A. Gipson-Goodwin is Head of Collections and Development at Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, University of Louisville. Her main responsibilities include maintaining resource collections for the library, including purchasing resources (books, eBooks, databases, and journals), monitoring cost and usage stats, and negotiating contracts with vendors. She also manages the technical services department which consists of 3 employees. In addition to her collection duties, she maintains the medical mobile resources and assists with internal marketing for the library. She has a BA in Communications from the University of Louisville and received her MSLS from the University of Kentucky in May of 2017.


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Lauren E. Robinson

Medicine Liaison Librarian
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Lauren Robinson, MSLS works at the University of Kentucky as the Medicine Liaison Librarian. Lauren's professional interests include instruction, technology, and data management services.


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