EX LIBRIS at the
NOV 6-10
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM Vendor Showcase

This is your chance to stop by, say hi, and learn more about our products! Visit Ex Libris at Table #122.

11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
Gaillard Center
Salon II
NISO KBART: The future is automation!
Today KBART is one of the industry’s most used formats for data transfer. Originally created for the transfer of data from content providers to knowledge base vendors, KBART was quickly extended to be used to update knowledge bases with library holdings data as well. In response to requests from across the discovery industry, NISO has recently created a new working group to produce recommendations to enable the automation of such updates and to build a seamless connection between the library’s local knowledge base and the information providers’ access/entitlement systems.

The goal for this automated update service is to download institutional holdings files via an API from the information provider’s website at regular intervals, transfer them to the knowledge base platform the institution is using – such as institution's link resolver – and update the knowledge base without manual intervention.

In this session, members of the two NISO KBART groups – the KBART standing committee, tasked with the maintenance of the KBART format, endorsement, and market education, and the KBART Automation Group, tasked with creating recommendations for a standardized automated transfer process – will discuss their work. This will include the results of a recent survey about the adoption of KBART II and the details, status, and practical application of the automation process. We hope for a lively discussion on KBART, its applications, and further opportunities for the future.

Presented by:
C. Derrik Hiatt, Head of Continuing Resources & Discovery Services, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Christine Stohn, Senior Product Manager, Discovery & Delivery, Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company
Abigail Wickes, Discoverability Associate, Oxford University Press USA
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Embassy Suites Historic
Colonial Ballroom

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Future Proof: Openness, APIs, and Open Frameworks
Library discovery is a centerpiece of the efforts of libraries to provide their students, researchers, and instructors with the material they need. But how customized to local needs should it be? What is the perfect fit and how important is it?

In this session we’ll look at how open systems, APIs, and new collaborative models can serve libraries of different sizes and capabilities. While some libraries have the capacity to invest into developing their own interfaces and features, others are far more restricted.

We will discuss examples including the implementation of an open source discovery system on top of a discovery API, and an open customization framework of a commercial discovery system. The session will look into the initial goals and reasons for the individual decisions as well as the challenges the implementers met on the way. We will seek to answer the question whether and how the result satisfied the initial goals, how much work was involved and touch on possible pitfalls but also the opportunities for different sized libraries.

We hope for contributions from the audience to add additional viewpoints from their projects and a discussion about why or why not they embarked on customization projects. What are the lessons learned for the future?

Presented by:
Kirsten Andrews, Solutions Architect, Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company
Jason Thomale, Resource Discovery Systems Librarian, University of North Texas
Jon Shaw, Director of Logistics and Access Services at the University of Pennsylvania
3:30 - 4:10 PM
Courtyard Marriott Hotel
Ashley Room
The impact of library discovery systems: sharing evidence from libraries and publishers
There is evidence of rising usage of library discovery systems by patrons, both in absolute numbers, as well as in comparison to other research tools such as Google Scholar. But what is the impact for libraries, publishers, and users?

In this session, an academic librarian and an information provider discuss whether the increased usage of library discovery systems has had an impact on the usage of their material. What drives usage, how can we measure it, and what have we learned?

The Colorado School of Mines will present results from the library perspective and draw conclusions about the impact of the increased usage of discovery systems on the role libraries play in supporting teaching, learning, and research.

Alexander Street Press will discuss how collaboration with discovery vendors impacts the usage on their platform, obstacles they have encountered on the way, and lessons they have learned for the future.

Presented by:
Kirsten Andrews, Solutions Architect, Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company
Laura Guy, Systems Librarian, Colorado School of Mines
Andrea Eastman-Mullins, COO, Alexander Street Press