NISO white paper explores the future of library resource discovery

(23 February 2015, Baltimore, MD) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a white paper, The Future of Library Resource Discovery, written by independent consultant, speaker, and author Marshall Breeding. The white paper was commissioned by NISO’s Discovery to Delivery (D2D) Topic Committee as part of its ongoing examination of areas in the discovery landscape that the information community could potentially standardize. Included in the paper is an overview of the current discovery environment; descriptions of how these technologies, methodologies, and products may be able to adapt to potential future change; and a look beyond current models of discovery to explore possible alternatives, especially those related to linked data.

“Marshall’s paper thoroughly fulfills D2D’s charge when we determined that further focused exploration and analysis of the future discovery terrain would better direct our work as a NISO Topic Committee,” states Pascal Calarco, Associate University Librarian, Research & Digital Discovery Services, University of Waterloo, and Chair of the NISO Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee. “The D2D Topic Committee focuses on issues regarding the finding and distribution of information by and to users and, among other tasks, identifies where new standards may provide solutions in this area and creates and provides guidance and oversight to working groups under its purview. We are appreciative that the paper, in addition to an extensive background section, includes significant sections on gap analysis, opportunities for future enhancements using various emerging technologies, and discovery beyond library-provided interfaces, which will provide rich material for our decisions on NISO projects in 2015 and beyond.”

The white paper can be freely downloaded. See the link in the press release.