Free UKSG webinar - Impact of Library Discovery Technologies


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Ed Pentz and Valérie Spezi have kindly made their slides available. Please note the CC-BY attribution.

Ed Pentz's slides

Valérie Spezi's slides


Please click here for the Q&A document. This includes various links to other relevant resources. Thank you to participants and registrants for all your excellent questions.


“The webinar was really informative and a great way to learn about current findings concerning the impact of library discovery technologies.” Lynsey Blandford, LSE

“Interesting overview and distillation of a much larger study.” Anonymous

“Good introduction to current thinking on the topic and very thought-provoking.  Thanks!” Candace Guite, University of Stirling



This is a fantastic opportunity to listen to expert speakers, with the added benefit of no travelling required! You will also receive a link to a recording of the webinar so that you can listen again at a time convenient to you.

This is a free webinar.



In November 2013, UKSG published a UKSG and Jisc-funded research project “Impact of Library Discovery Technology” that evaluates the impact of library discovery technologies, specifically Resources Discovery Systems, on the usage of academic content. The report provides a wealth of useful information and a practical set of recommendations for actions that libraries, publishers and others in the academic information supply chain should take to engage with such technologies to best support the discovery of resources for teaching, learning and research.

Ed Pentz will give an overview of how the UKSG Research and Innovation Committee works and how this study fits in with the plans the Committee has for future initiatives.

Valérie Spezi will discuss the key findings of the report and the implications of these findings for librarians, publishers and content providers, RDS suppliers and other national and international organisations with an interest in the information chain.


Date: Wednesday 14 May 2014

Time: 1400 BST

Duration: 45 minutes including Q&A (up to 60 minutes maximum if there is sufficient demand for an extended Q&A)



Ed Pentz, Executive Director, Crossref and
Valérie Spezi, Research Associate, LISU



Librarians will learn about the impact of RDS which can inform their own institution’s decisions in this area and publishers will learn about how they should be engaging with RDS vendors. 


Subject level and previous knowledge required:

Introductory and non-intensive, no previous knowledge or experience required. We recommend reading the report, Impact of Library Discovery Technologies beforehand.



This is a free webinar. 

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