2013 Conference Highlights: Thinking Outside the Search Box

Each week between now and the 2013 MLA/DLA Joint Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 8-10 at the Clarion Resort – Fountainbleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF).

Thinking Outside the Search Box: How Three Maryland Libraries Implemented, Customized and Taught Discovery Services to Meet Students Needs
Friday, May 10
9:15 – 11:15

Discovery services allow patrons to search across their libraries’ collections via one search box. To encourage successful discovery experiences, librarians should consider how they might customize and teach these resources. The UMUC Library has implemented subject searching databases. We’ll describe the collaboration between UMUC’s systems and reference librarians to develop, test, launch, promote, and assess subject searching. Librarians from Towson University and Loyola University Maryland/Notre Dame of Maryland University will share their experiences teaching with discovery services and discuss ways in which discovery services can be used in reference work.

This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education.


Rocco DeBonis, University of Maryland University College
Rocco DeBonis, University of Maryland University College

Cynthia Thomes, University of Maryland University College
Cynthia Thomes, University of Maryland University College

Li Fu, University ofMaryland University College,
Li Fu, University of
Maryland University College,

Shana Gass, Towson University
Shana Gass, Towson University

Rosie Hanneke Loyola/Notre DameLibrary
Rosie Hanneke Loyola/Notre Dame

Amanda Youngbar
MLIS Candidate, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, School of Information Studies

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