The discovered collection: The impact of discovery services on the usage and exploitation of collections

Andrew Barker
Head of Library Academic Services, University of East Anglia

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The last few years have seen a huge growth in the implementation of resource discovery tools such as Primo, Summon and EBSCO’s Discovery Service. It might not be coincidental that at the same time there has been a greater emphasis placed within university libraries on ensuring that they leverage the greatest value from their collections. This session will take a user-focused approach to attempt to answer gnarly questions facing us such as: What is the point of resource discovery tools? Why are academic libraries going down this route? What do our users actually want? And, finally, but perhaps most importantly, are these services actually fully exploiting our collections?