Presentation Title

Are Discovery Tools Making Us Information Illiterate?


Scarbrough 2

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience



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Presentation Description

This presentation will look critically at how the current cohort of discovery tools fails us, in terms of both discovery and information literacy, and how this failure thwarts our instructional efforts. I will show how major flaws in the current discovery tool paradigm—lack of transparency, radical de-contextualization of information, poor system feedback, and unmanageably large result sets—make us less, rather than more, information literate. After examining ways in which discovery tools, and the vendors who sell them, have over-promised and under-delivered, I will move on to real-world solutions for improving our systems and how we teach them.


Discovery tools, Information literacy, Information search, Transparency issues, Decontextualization of information, System feedback

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)


Aug 23rd, 4:15 PM Aug 23rd, 5:30 PM

Are Discovery Tools Making Us Information Illiterate?

Scarbrough 2

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