Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Library Information Resources (LIR) Annual Seminar 2015

The LIR HEAnet User Group for Libraries aims to explore and develop awareness of electronic information resources and to promote the use of the HEAnet network in exploiting these resources. Since its inception in 1993, it has provided a forum for discussion on the use of electronic resources and networks by HEI libraries and encouraged communication and co-operation between member libraries in accessing electronic resources. Each year, LIR hosts a seminar organised around a central theme, and in the past has covered topics such as Open Access and Open Source, Cloud Based Collaboration and the Management of Electronic Resources.

This year’s seminar was entitled ‘Uncharted Territory? What Next for Webscale Discovery’, and dealt with the topic of library discovery tools. Keynote speakers on the day included Gareth Owen & Mark Hughes from WHELF (Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum) who discussed their recent assessment and selection process for their resource discovery tools: ‘Transitioning a Vision to Reality: The Wales Higher Education Library Forum (WHELF)’, and Dorinne Raaimakers, Utrecht University Library whose presentation, ‘Thinking the Unthinkable: A Library Without a Catalogue’, discussed Utrecht University’s decision to do away with their discovery tool.

Videos and slides of these presentations, as well as the other presentations on the day, including one from the James Hardiman Library’s Electronic Resources Librarian, Ronan Kennedy (Discovery Tools - Walking the Tightrope between Complexity and Simplicity), can be found on the LIR website, and will give valuable insight into the current trends in resource discovery, as well as how libraries plan to tackle this topic in the future.

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