Call for Chapters: E-Discovery Tools and Applications in Modern Libraries


Egbert De Smet, (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Sangeeta Namdev Dhamdhere, (Modern College of Arts, Science, and Commerce, India)

Proposals Submission Deadline: May 30, 2015

Full Chapters Due: August 30, 2015


All Scientific Information is now publishes online. Researchers, scientists, authors are publishing their work online. Various online publishing platforms are available easily. Publishers prefer to publish online than print. Libraries started giving access to electronic databases, journals, books and other scholarly material also their resources and give access online, offline along with online catalogs of books and existing library material. Libraries are looking for new platform through which their users can access information from various databases on a single search window.

The topic of this book is related to new Information Discovery tools used by various libraries to give access to their resources both online (paid or free), digitized resources and catalogs on one platform which we can call as Federated Search Engine. Very few open sources federated search tools are available. Few federated search tools like example Knimbus, Mendeley, EBSCO Discovery services, Fedgate, ABCD Site, etc being used by libraries to give access to all subscribed online e-resources as well as print resources in the library to save the time of readers and give easy access to multiple databases and resources.

The library portals are now considered as Mirror of that library which gives idea about its collection and services. Library portal contains multiple databases and search engines. No aggregation at metadata level, disconnection among the resources were drawbacks of earlier library portals. There was confusion among the students to locate resources from various databases and also was time consuming process. So need of discovery service/tool i.e. single window access raised. Small libraries are still looking for the solution which is available freely as they cannot afford the commercial software for giving federated search for their resources (Online and archives).

Digital library software like Greenstone, Dspace, etc are not a complete solution to give access to library resources like archives, online databases and scholarly publications as every publisher has their own connectors. Without MOUs and agreement the many publishers do not give access to their connectors.

This book aims to give the current scenario of E-Information Discovery Tools used by different libraries from the globe, innovative techniques used by the libraries for information discovery, open source software as well as commercial software, connector based technologies used by libraries , their applications, case studies and best practices in this area.


Libraries are subscribing various online databases, ejournals, ebooks, etc in the library. To give quick access to all the library resources, archives, catalogs and online information on a single search window is challenge ahead for libraries. Digital library software gives access to only digital resources and gives path to other online resources. Catalogs and Library Management Systems can’t manage the resources distributed all over the world. E-Information Discovery tools are the tools which gives access to all library resources (existing as well as online) using federated search and connector based technology. Different libraries using different technologies to give such single search on their website or portal. To give remote access to resources different libraries uses different technology (in-housed or commercial or open source).

Still many libraries in developed countries also not yet shifted to this technology. Developing countries are looking for such E-Information Discovery tools for their libraries in low budget or free of cost. This book aim to give new innovative ideas and techniques along with tools to solve the Information retrieval problem.

Target Audience

The target audience for this book includes (but is not limited to):

• Library and Information Professionals
• Software Professionals
• Library Science Scholars
• Library and Information Science Students
• Academicians
• Researchers
• Information Scientist
• Information Professionals
• Search Engine Providers

Recommended Topics

• Information Discovery Tools used in libraries
• Comparative study of E-Discovery Tools used in the libraries
• Connector Based Technology for Federated Search
• Federated Search Tools : Open Source and Commercial
• Information Retrieval
• Digital Libraries
• Library Portals
• Indexing Techniques for online resources
• Role of Librarian in Indexing online resources
• Case Studies
• Advantages and Disadvantages of E-Info Discovery Tools
• Global Perspectives
• Future of E-Info Discovery Tools
• E-Publishing and database connectors
• Digital Resources and Archives
• Web-based Library Services
• Best Practices for Information Retrieval, etc
• Impact of E-Discovery tools on libraries

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 30, 2015, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by May 30, 2015 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 30, 2015, and all interested authors must consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, E-Discovery Tools and Applications in Modern Libraries. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.

Book Series

For release in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book Series ISSN: 2326-4136
The Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book Series is comprised of high quality, research-oriented publications on the continuing developments and trends affecting the public, school, and academic fields, as well as specialized libraries and librarians globally. These discussions on professional and organizational considerations in library and information resource development and management assist in showcasing the latest methodologies and tools in the field. The ALIS Book Series aims to expand the body of library science literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and field at large. The series also seeks to provide readers with an essential resource for uncovering the latest research in library and information science management, development, and technologies.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015

Full Chapter Submission: August 30, 2015

Review Results to Authors: October 30, 2015

Final Chapter Submission: November 30, 2015


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