Creating Library Impact Through New Forms of Engagement White Paper
Though libraries might have access to thousands of resources, when a user's journey starts outside the library, these resources are often excluded from, or buried deep within, search results - or users may not be able to access the resources from their chosen search engine's results page. Searching online and searching within the library catalogue are currently two disparate forms of content discovery that lead to different results. There's little or no connection between them and this needs to change.
The new challenge for libraries is to address this disconnect by providing pathways with which to link users with content, regardless of where they've started their journey. This requires a reassessment of the role a library plays.
The cases examine areas including discovery needs and tools, data exchange and analysis, library visibility, syndication and systems integration. Each case considers what an ideal future might look like and reflects on the developments that need to be made to help bring this about.
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