Coming Soon: A new, faster search for University Libraries, partners

In late June, the Uni­ver­sity Libraries home page will fea­ture a new uni­fied search system.

Stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff will be able to find and request books, jour­nal arti­cles and media of all for­mats – all the mate­ri­als they cur­rently search for through mul­ti­ple searches on the UW Libraries home page – com­bined in a sin­gle search.

Cur­rently, users may be fil­ter­ing their searches by loca­tion or for­mat, or search­ing via the UW-only cat­a­log. With the new Libraries Search, mate­ri­als in a spe­cific library or at another cam­pus will be eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able and other search refine­ments can be made after the ini­tial search results are returned.

We’re excited to be one of the first insti­tu­tions devel­op­ing and imple­ment­ing this new and pow­er­ful plat­form,” said Liz­a­beth Wil­son, dean of Uni­ver­sity Libraries. “By shar­ing one sys­tem, we’ll improve the research expe­ri­ence for and save the time of our stu­dents and fac­ulty by sur­fac­ing rel­e­vant mate­ri­als, and show­ing real-time availability.”

Wil­son said she expects a smooth tran­si­tion to the new search sys­tem. “In fact, many users won’t change how they search, but they’ll get more rel­e­vant results faster when they search.”

The new search will extend to the UW’s 36 part­ners in the Orbis Cas­cade Alliance – aca­d­e­mic libraries through­out Wash­ing­ton, Ore­gon and Idaho. Fac­ulty, staff, and stu­dents will have imme­di­ate access to the entire shared collection.

What fac­ulty and staff need to know and do:

  • Pend­ing holds may not trans­fer to the new sys­tem. UW Libraries rec­om­mends users note the items they are wait­ing for and request them again in the new system.
  • WorldCat.org accounts will work and users will be able to access saved lists from the WorldCat.org web­site in the new sys­tem, but they will no longer be able to con­nect to UW-restricted resources from a World­Cat account. Also, World­Cat lists can be saved or moved (learn more online).
  • Users’ exist­ing “pre­ferred search” email alerts will cease. The new sys­tem will have a sim­i­lar fea­ture, but you’ll need to set it up sep­a­rately.  Pre­ferred searches won’t trans­fer auto­mat­i­cally to the new system.

Library staff mem­bers are avail­able to answer ques­tions and help users locate resources, either in per­son, via chat or email or by phone.

Mean­while, intense behind-the-scenes migra­tion of data­bases and infor­ma­tion is tak­ing place as the libraries pre­pare for the pro­jected “go live” date of June 24. More infor­ma­tion is available

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