Title

Moving to the patron’s beat – Discovery tools and music searching

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Abstract

Purpose
– This article aims to examine how next‐generation library catalogs and discovery platforms have the potential to transform the challenges inherent in finding music materials in library collections.
Design/methodology/approach
– The article discusses the characteristics of discovery platforms, the challenges of searching for music materials, and how discovery tools help users meet those challenges in new ways.
Findings
– Discovery tools are particularly well suited to searching for music materials. They empower the user by providing effective tools such as facets and tags to manipulate the large, varied search results users encounter when searching for music materials.
Originality/value
– The article views the features of discovery tools through the eyes of the end user searching for music materials.