University Libraries search tools for physical and electronic library resources changed to better serve patrons.
What is changing?
The library catalog is changing interfaces. All of the University Libraries physical collections are included in the new catalog. In addition, it includes all of the functionality patrons expect for searching by topic or for known items, placing holds on resources, finding items placed in course reserves, and checking patron library accounts for due dates, fines, and status of holds.
The library’s discovery system is changing from Summon to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Discovery systems include records for most of the University Libraries’ resources: physical collections, journal and ebook subscription, streaming videos, reports, government publications, and much more. You can continue to conduct an advanced search to narrow down by the format, date of publication, peer-reviewed, and available online.
The system used to determine what journals and ebooks patrons have access to will be changing. Most commonly accessed through the Journal Title Database, this service lets patrons find journals and ebooks by title to verify access. It also is used whenever patrons click a Get VText link or button in one of our databases or Google Scholar. Though the search interface looks different, you will be able to link through to full-text documents.
Why is it changing?
By moving to open source software, the University Libraries gains the ability to customize the library catalog to suit the needs of its users, especially as the use of the catalog continues to change. Already, patrons will have more control over the hold/request process. Improvements on the backend of the hold process should speed the delivery of items among branches and the storage facilities.
The new discovery system updates more frequently than the previous system, meaning that newly published content, recently acquired publications like ebooks, and changes to links or coverage date ranges should be reflected in search results without delay.
The new system includes more than just journals and books. It also includes streaming videos, reports, standards, and images. This will make finding known publications and other resources much easier.