September 25, 2013

Library Catalog & New Website

By fayec

You may remem­ber our announce­ments last spring about the pend­ing launch of a new cat­a­log, the UW Libraries Search.  We imple­mented this sys­tem over the sum­mer and expe­ri­enced a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties along the way. We expected the prod­uct to be fur­ther along in devel­op­ment and that many key prob­lems would be resolved by the end of sum­mer quar­ter.  Given our strong com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing access to our col­lec­tions, we deter­mined that the new UW Libraries Search would not ade­quately serve user needs for the 2013–2014 aca­d­e­mic year. We have returned to a pre­vi­ous cat­a­log, UW World­Cat, as the pri­mary search tool for the com­ing aca­d­e­mic year, and will offer UW Libraries Search as a beta alter­na­tive with the expec­ta­tion that it will be com­plete by next sum­mer.  We appre­ci­ate your patience through­out this process.

In other news, we are pleased to announced our newly redesigned Libraries web­site!  It fea­tures a fresh, clean look and stream­lined nav­i­ga­tion to our most pop­u­lar ser­vices and sources.  It also allows access to the Libraries from any device.

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