Thursday 11 February 2016

1345 - 1440 Room: Plenary Hall 3

Facilitator: Ebe Kartus


  • Dr Ben Chadwick, Manager, Schools Catalogue Information Service, ESA
  • Richard Levy, VP, Discovery Innovation, EBSCO
  • Dr Tamar Sadeh, Director of Discovery and Delivery Strategy, Ex Libris
  • Chris Thewlis, Regional Manager, Australasia, OCLC

Topic: What does discovery mean to you?


  • With the rise and rise of Google, what are the advantages of having a discovery layer/service? Has the library discovery layer/service had its day and will it, or should it, be integrated into Google?
  • Are library discovery services nothing more than glorified web catalogues?
  • How do you see semantic linked open data effecting discovery?
  • Who controls the global metadata and are we all (vendors and libraries) still willing to share?
  • How can we make the metadata better and provider neutral? Is this important?
  • How can we make sure that smaller providers have their resources indexed into the central indexes from the vendor side rather than the Library side? Is this important?

Please tag your comments, tweets, and blog posts about this session: #vala16 #rt3

View the video of the presentation on the VALA2016 GigTV channel here:

Delegate Q&A:

Do you have a burning question for the Discovery Roundtable? VALA2016 Delegates have been emailed invitations to lodge their single, most significant question – in 20 words or less – prior to conference. The most popular questions will be posed to the panel and discussed during the Roundtable session.

(NB. Please understand that it will not be possible to address every question, but we will use our best endeavours to embed common themes and issues.)



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