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Belinda Tiffen
Belinda Tiffen

Moving Beyond Search … Towards Discovery

Thursday 11 February 2016, 11:25 -  11:55
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Belinda Tiffen

University of Technology Sydney, NSW

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In 2014 UTS Library opened the first underground and RFID-enabled automated storage and retrieval system in Australia. The shift of about 500,000 low-use print materials from open stacks necessitated a major change in our approach to collection discovery. Older systems predicated towards efficient known-item searching would not meet our clients’ requirements for browsing and serendipitous discovery as an important part of their research, learning and sense-making activities. UTS Library has therefore commenced on an iterative and human-centred design process to develop discovery systems and to provide other initiatives which meet the needs of our clients and enable rich, contextual information discovery and retrieval. In this paper we will outline some of these systems and initiatives and demonstrate some prototypes we have been developing.


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