Making a (Discovery) List and Checking it Twice

Lettie Conrad

By, Lettie Conrad, Executive Manager of Product Analysis at SAGE

When NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative released recommended practices for publishers to guide our participation in library discovery services, SAGE was pleased to add an ODI conformance statement to our website. Since the advent of pre-indexed resource discovery tools – like Ex Libris Primo Central or ProQuest’s Summon – we have been interested in this new avenue for exposing our content to library users. This ODI checklist may look a bit technical, but, once you break it down, it’s actually quite a straightforward tool for our librarian partners.


 SAGE’s ODI Checklist as of June 17, 2015

The first recommendation – that content providers make core metadata available for all offerings – is one SAGE has been fulfilling for several years now. For about years now, we have mobilized all our published metadata for library indexing, with the exception of our numerical-based data products, like SAGE Stats.

The next two items reflect the fact that the metadata we deliver to library indexers includes all the core elements for each publication (such as the title and author) as well as descriptive content (such as an abstract). In fact, the same full-text files that are used for online hosting are sent to discovery vendors for their library products. We aim to host and distribute data in the latest relevant standards – for example, our current migration to the JATS standard for journals.

Finally, we’re happy to provide both this checklist and more detailed information about the depth of coverage for SAGE products in library discovery services. We also do not prevent any library technology partner from disclosing this same information to libraries.

We hope that this checklist helps the community better understand our discovery and indexing efforts. Please feel free to email me with your questions and thoughts!

If you are attending the ALA Annual Conference and are interested in learning about the discovery experience from the researcher’s perspective, please join us for an in-booth presentation by Lettie, Rebecca Blakiston, User Experience Librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries, and Rachel Cohen, Discovery User Experience Librarian in the Discovery & Research Services department at Indiana University Bloomington. The event is taking place Sunday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the SAGE Booth #2509. RSVP here.




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