Why is browsing important and what is at stake?

We believe that browsing is an essential component to discovery and that there is tremendous, unrealized potential for browsing in the electronic environment.  

The terms “discovery” and “search” have become conflated both in our collective lexicon and in the functionality of our discovery systems.

Browsing is a valued component of discovery for scholars and students in our libraries, and these users express, explicitly and implicitly, a sense of loss in the face of search-focused discovery systems.

We believe there are larger implications and questions about how knowledge is generated in a search-focused environment.

We have more questions than answers; and a sense of urgency on behalf of the scholars and students with whom we work.

We have created this site as a space to challenge the boundaries of our questions.  We invite you to join us in rejuvenating a discussion of browsing.  #ebrowsing

Papers & Presentations

Limited by Search: The Need for More Effective Ebrowsing Environments
Panel Discussion, ACRL, Portland 2015

Emily Gore, Director for Content at the Digital Public Library of America
Sarah Falls, Head, Fine Arts Library, The Ohio State University Libraries
Gregg Gordon, President, Social Sciences Research Network

Joranson, K., Van Tuyl, S., and Clements, N. 2014. “E-browsing: Serendipity and Questions of Access and Discovery” Presentation at Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference, March 2014. (presented by Nina Clements, and included in the User Experience track)

Joranson, K., Van Tuyl, S., and Clements, N. 2013. “E-Browsing: Serendipity and Questions of Access and Discovery” Charleston Library Conference Proceedings. November 2013


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