Monday, January 31, 2011

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS: Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS: Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2011
Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries
A book edited by Mary Popp and Diane Dallis
Indiana University Libraries Bloomington, IN U.S.A.

To be published by IGI Global:

The concept of “resource discovery” has many meanings. Only now is it beginning to be defined as a description for library research software that allows a library user to search multiple Web-based resources simultaneously and bring back usable search results beginning to be refined. The mission of this book is to provide librarians and administrators with information they can use to evaluate and implement a resource discovery product—to determine how well such software can meet the needs of their users, to make a product choice based on their local needs, to develop plans for implementation, to implement the software and integrate it into the research lives of users, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the software in their own environments.

Resource discovery tools have become more mainstream resources. As librarians work to find, purchase and implement such products as EBSCO Discovery Service, Encore, Primo, and Summon as well as open source tools they need to develop structured procedures for review and implementation that ensure they are using funds wisely. To date, very little has been published on this topic and only a small number of conference programs and presentations have been scheduled or given. There is an immediate need for information and shared ideas.

Objective of the Book:
We have the following objectives for this book:
• Propose a working definition of “resource discovery” that can be used in professional discussions about resource discovery products.
• Identify user behaviors based on empirical research that lead to a need for “resource discovery.”
• Identify best practices for selecting a discovery tool.
• Identify best practices for setting up a discovery tool and making it available to users.
• Locate and share usability test results for resource discovery and related tools and their implementation into library products and services.
• Present representative examples of the implementation of discovery tools.
• Identify areas of concern in use of a resource discovery tool and suggest future enhancements.

Target Audience:
The primary audience for this book is composed of librarians and library administrators in academic libraries, both large and small. Librarians who are interested in providing resources for users to find the information they need, who maintain library Web sites and catalogs, or provide library instruction to students, faculty and staff in colleges and universities will find the overview information useful. Library administrators who must set priorities and find funding for new resources will be able to use the book to help them plan their review of the marketplace, selection of an appropriate tool, and implementation of that tool.
Recommended topics include but are not limited to, the following:
-User behavior and expectations for library web sites and finding tools
-How the digital consumer experience influences online research
-What libraries have learned from federated search
-How college students, faculty members, or other researchers find information
-Selecting a discovery tool
-Integrating local digital collections and non-mainstream resources into discovery tools
-User testing and user-centered design in implementing discovery solutions
-Issues in implementing a discovery tool
-Representative examples of discovery tools in use including product choice, user input, setting up the discovery tool, and lessons learned
-Areas of concern in use of the discovery tool

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2011, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. The proposal should summarize the proposed contents of the paper and provide a draft outline of major points to be included.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 28, 2011 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2011. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2012.

Important Dates
February 28, 2011: Proposal Submission Deadline
March 28, 2011: Notification of Acceptance
June 30, 2011: Full Chapter Submission
August 30, 2011: Review Results Returned
September 30, 2011: Final Chapter Submission
October 30, 2011: Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document or PDF):
Diane Dallis and Mary Popp
Indiana University Libraries
1320 East 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405