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In stark contrast to the library card catalogs of old, today’s library search interfaces offer much more than one-dimensional, item-specific searching. Users are now engaged in a process of discovery in which they are empowered to control not only the sources of content being searched, but also the context into which information is delivered, and the platform onto which information is synthesized. By eliminating the barriers to information discovery, law libraries can position themselves as true partners in this process, defining their mission in new ways, and providing critical services in an ever-complex information ecosystem.
Valeri Craigle, Web-Scale Discovery and Federated Search, in LAW LIBRARIANSHIP IN THE DIGITAL AGE (Ellyssa Kroski Ed. 2013)