May 17, 2022

New Journal Article: “Leave the Browser Behind: Placing Discovery Within the User’s Workflow”

The following article by Elyssa Stern Cahoy (Penn. State University) was recently published in LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries.


Leave the Browser Behind: Placing Discovery Within the User’s Workflow


Elyssa Stern Cahoy
Penn. State University


LIBER Quarterly


As library discovery and delivery has largely moved online, the scholarly workflow of academic researchers has become increasingly fragmented. Faculty are using a variety of software solutions to find, retrieve, organize, annotate, cite, and share information, including library resources. This article discusses the significance of situating discovery, the act of finding new information, within software central to the research workflow, such as citation management or word processing software. The current status of discovery of library resources within citation management software is outlined, along with expected future developments. Utilizing findings from two Mellon funded studies, it explores the challenges users face in managing their individual scholarly workflows, and recommends optimizations designed to mitigate information loss and increase researcher productivity.

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See Also: Article: Developing Research Tools via Voices from the Field (via dh+lib; July 29, 2016)

See Also: Penn State Awarded Mellon Grant to Study Personal Scholarly Archiving, Direct Development of Zotero (April 16, 2014)

See Also: Mellon Foundation Awards Penn St. University Librarian $143,000 to Study Personal Scholarly Archiving (May 5, 2012)

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