Beyond MARC Records: Patron Discovery Of E-Books (Online)

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What is the most common advice to librarians who are adding eBooks to their collections and want to know how their patrons will find them? Add MARC records to your catalog. This is a wise step, but is it enough? Increasingly, discussions of discovery suggest a focus on being where the patrons are, not relying on directing patrons to library catalogs or web pages. With eBooks, the issue is exacerbated as the concept of a “book” and its authority in an online world are challenged. Wikimedia Foundation Trustee and Director of Outreach for One Laptop Per Child Samuel Klein, Credo Reference CEO Mike Sweet, and librarians discuss the issue in a panel moderated by LYRASIS’ Timothy Cherubini.

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