The Search Assistant is a resource discovery path for users which allows for searching across multiple electronic resources in a subject area. This group was formed from the final report of the Federated Searching Task Force which was originally charged with implementing a single search interface for undergraduates. The scope of the Search Assistant Working Group (SAWG) is broader and the new charge is to guide the development and implementation of this broadcast search technology within multiple disciplines and research areas.
SAWG membership is drawn from a variety of library faculty and academic professionals with interest and expertise in user services and information retrieval. Membership on the working group is for two years. Appointments represent a variety of patron groups and disciplines and should consist of: an expert in programming information retrieval applications, at least one individual working in public services, a librarian with primary responsibility in the area of user instruction, and three representatives serving various subject departments.
Reference services: Kathleen Kern (current chair)
IR programmer: Bill Mischo (current CAPT representative)
Instruction specialist: Susan Avery
Subject specialist: Katie Newman (bio-sciences)
Subject specialist: Nancy O’Brien (education and social sciences)
Subject specialist: Nathan Yarasavage (history and newspaper)
IT systems specialist: Peggy Steele