Presenter: Karen Calhoun
The web has made sweeping changes in where and how information seekers discover and obtain what they need to learn, work, teach, do research, and create new knowledge. Today, many users routinely bypass library catalogs in favor of other discovery tools, especially popular search engines such as Google. How might library catalogs—and the collections they describe—recapture the role they have played in learning, teaching, and research?
This lively presentation is based on the oft-discussed "Calhoun Report." Prepared for the Library of Congress, this study examined factors affecting the future of library online catalogs and options for revitalizing them. Karen Calhoun, the report's author and Senior Associate University Librarian at Cornell University, will engage you with examples of information seekers' preferences and challenge you to consider new strategic roles for library catalogs, collections, and librarians.
If you have ever wondered what to do to make your online catalog more appealing and useful for today's web-savvy users—and thereby make your library's collections more visible and helpful to your community—this webcast is sure to provide you with many ideas for next steps. Don't miss this thought-provoking exploration of possibilities for reinventing the online catalog and its role in the progress of knowledge.
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