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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Technology in the libraries of the future

In previous posts, I have discussed my ideas regarding space  and appearance in the library of the future. I spoke about hybrid libraries, where new space is allocated for collaboration and computer stations, while the book stacks are being preserved. In this post, I would like to discuss a few ideas where technology can make the library more compatible with our time and the future.

Libraries, usually, have a “new” section for items recently purchased. They also present some  of these new items on their sites. None of the above is a bad idea. However, if I’m a user, I don’t want to go through the entire new section (if it is extensive) and read all the titles. Also, a user may not know how to use computers to check the library’s site. Here is an idea that would enhance the visitor’s experience, while it would inform on every new item in the library. A simple presentation created with a movie maker program and  Expression Blend could run constantly on a number of monitors spread on the library walls. Each type of medium and genre would be presented separately. After the completion of each cycle, images of art and landscape would offer a break and make the library experience delightful. The same presentation would also run on the library’s site. What this idea requires is the creation of the presentation. Obviously, with every new order the presentation must be updated. A technologically savvy librarian or technology staff will have to be in charge of this task.

Another idea is the “documentary” room. In this room with seating for small audience (up to 30), educational documentaries on all topics would be presented on a large flat screen. Let’s not forget that one of the roles of the library is to educate. Programs would be arranged based on age groups. This idea would be extremely beneficial for young ages and not only and would require the appropriate space that all libraries do not have. However, it is a nice idea to explore.

I understand that libraries face financial hardship. Both ideas mentioned above are not really expensive and they are definitely feasible. What we must think is the impact these ideas are going to have to the community. The enhanced experience offered by these ideas will bring to the library the new generations, which seem to be distant living only in the virtual realm.




Introduction to the Hyperlinked Library

Dr. Michael Stevens, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, is an advocate and educator of what he refers to as the Hyperlinked Library.

Stevens explains that libraries have always served the core values of what he promotes as integral aspects of the library’s place within the community. Simply put, he states that “…the library is (and always has been) in the business of helping others make sense of the world.”

Yet, Stevens argues that hyperlinked libraries are what libraries must become if they are to avoid becoming anachronisms of the twenty-first century. Hyperlinked libraries make use of technology in order to fit in with today’s world. Hyperlinked libraries make learning ubiquitous, participatory, creative, collaborative, and connected.

In a 2012 lecture, The Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries, Stevens shares some trend-spotting efforts that reveal some examples of libraries that are using technology to transform their communities into participatory, creative, collaborative, and connected ones. This lecture can be found at .  Some exciting examples of hyperlinked public libraries that are mentioned include

  •  Fountaindale Public Library, Bollinbrook, Illinois, which has added 6 sound recording studios, a video recording studio, and a space reserved for group collaboration. Their site can be found at .
  • Skokie Public Library, Skokie, Illinois, which has a digital media lab where patrons can record small videos of knowledge they wish to share. One patron, for example, did a video about beekeeping, another about quilt making. The SPL site can be found at .
  • Chicago Library’s Youmedia, which is a 5,500-square-foot space devoted to encouraging teens to become creative producers of digital output. You can read more about this service at .

You can read much more about what Dr. Stevens has to teach us by visiting his blog at . It is well worth the trip.

New Era, New Knowledge; Just Deal With It!

You have probably noticed that I leave the education topics to my partner in crime (co-author), who is the expert, and deal more with librarianship issues. There are, however, a few exceptions and this is one of them. The topic, as the title implies, is about the constantly evolving technology and the need to have some knowledge that will allow us to use it. The hidden concept is change. You know; it is the bad word that everybody hates and nobody wants to acknowledge!

We are in the 21st century, NASA scientists are working on an actual spaceship; warp speed; and beaming (did you know that?), computers are used and needed in every job, and information is digitized. Refusing to accept the above facts is like refusing to evolve. Granted that a lot of humans do not wish to evolve, there are some of us who do. Then, we hear the expression: he/she is old school. Really? Well, there is no old school. You move on or you stay behind. If you wish to stay behind, you need to retire and go home. If you wish to move on, you need to learn. This is called “continuing education”. Nobody knows everything or is expected to know everything.

The most important technology is the computer. It is used everywhere and is the piece of equipment that people from all occupations are familiar with. It is essential to know computer basics and be able to operate it. However, this is not enough. We need to have somewhat deeper knowledge that will allow us to troubleshoot and upgrade the computer, as well as use applications. We also need to know how to find how-to information online in order to get answers. Finally, we need to know how to use the internet in order to get legit information and avoid hacking and virus issues. To all the above, add the fact that technology evolves fast and we need to upgrade knowledge and equipment.

People may not have the money to upgrade equipment and software constantly but they can get the knowledge. There are free courses out there, physical and online. There are tutorials online and every piece of equipment and software has its tutorial. Also, there are some very nice books that start from the basics and go to more advanced topics. These books have illustrations and step-by-step instructions on how to perform each task. There is help out there but people must be willing to learn. There is no excuse.

In what we used to call third world there are millions of people today who can use computers. On the other hand, in the more developed countries there are millions of people who cannot set up an e-mail account or apply for a job online. Apparently, the “third world” people are more evolved and willing to learn and move on into the future, while the “developed world” people are moving backwards. Change is the main issue for the latter people. They are so comfortable with their current lifestyle that they don’t want to put the time and effort to evolve. What do they do? They accuse technology and progress for their laziness,  indifference, and fear of change. I have dealt with these complaints in my library. Although I was very polite and helpful, the “perfect librarian”, I really wish I could answer to these people: “New Era, New Knowledge; Just Deal With It!”

Google Forms Spice Up Wikis

I have explored using wikis and really appreciate how easy they are to use and their effectiveness as a teaching and learning tool.

Google Forms can enhance the learning experience. Online surveys, quizzes, and student assessments can easily be inserted into wikis by following a few short steps. To add a Google Form to a wiki follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Google account and then to Google Drive

  2. Click “Create” and choose a form option

  3. Choose the type of quiz that you would like to create, check boxes, multiple choice, etc.

  4. Click the second form button at the top right. Click “Embed” and copy the HTML code that is generated

  5. Go to your wiki and find the page where you would like to enter the form

  6. Go to the Widget tool in the toolbar and then look for “Other HTML”

  7. Paste the HTML embed code here and click “Save”


OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services Platform

The use of OCLC’s “WorldShare Management Services” platform has expanded worldwide since its creation in 2010 in the US. Currently, OCLC has data centers in the United States, England, Continental Europe, Canada, and Australia, launching worldwide pilot programs. The new platform is cloud-based and is an answer to traditional ILS systems. Some of its benefits follow:

  1. Allows data sharing,
  2. Improves library workflow,
  3. Allows participating libraries to share costs and resources,
  4. Provides ways to manage library collections,
  5. Provides a number of ways for collaboration by participating libraries.

For more information you can visit the following OCLC and LISWire pages: