Improving the functionality and user experience of search and research tools to make content more discoverable was a key theme of LibTech, a showcase of technology focused on libraries of the future. The event was hosted by the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology, an SFI Research Centre, in collaboration with the Library of Trinity College Dublin and featured six presentations and demonstrations of technologies that can deliver superior access to online content for better research and access outcomes for users.
The showcase was co-developed based on interaction with the Library with the aim of highlighting how technology can support user-driven features that promote exploration and discovery of content. Researchers presented their work to the gathered crowd and demonstrated their systems during the breaks.
The showcase highlighted how technology can enhance user experience and help users identify content relevant to their needs, which helps critical evaluation and selection. Through smart search and next-generation visualization technology, researchers showed that library technologies can support the users by giving them the information they value without detracting from the reading and learning experience.
Comments from attendees at the LibTech showcase included:
“I can now see that library technology can offer so much to users, so much help in relation to finding and connecting different people and sources to each other.”
“A benefit of these library technologies is the ease of sharing data, everyone now has easier access to this information and its available worldwide. It’s amazing!”
“Libraries can now approach users in an intelligent or emphatic way and slightly nudge me in the direction that I should be going and I think that is very beneficial to users.”
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