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Thursday, November 8 • 11:30am - 12:10pm
Discovery elsewhere: using the EDS API in mobile, voice searching, and beyond

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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 and 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 how 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, David Podboy 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.

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William Mischo

Head, Grainger Engineering Library Information Center and Berthold Family Professor in Information Access and Discovery, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Rob O'Connell

Director of Discovery, Access and Digital Engagement, Smith College Libraries
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David Podboy

Principal Library Services Engineer, EBSCO
David is Principal Library Service Engineer and has been with EBSCO since March 2013. Prior to joining EBSCO, he worked in both academic and government libraries as a Reference and Instruction librarian and helped to select, implement, and maintain two discovery systems. As a LSE... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm EST
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401