Test the new LibrarySearch interface to win a £50 Amazon voucher!

Calling volunteers: your Library needs you!

We’re looking for participants from all years of study to help us test out the brand new LibrarySearch interface.  This is your chance to have input into how our Discovery system performs – if there’s something you don’t like, we want to know!

Between Tuesday 18th-Thursday 27th April look out for pop-up testing sessions around the Library.  Each session takes around 30 minutes with a few set tasks aimed at gathering feedback on functionality and usability plus you’ll have the opportunity to make suggestions on the overall look and feel of the system.

If you’d prefer to book an appointment to give your feedback please email library@abertay.ac.uk or complete the contact form below and we’ll arrange a suitable date/time.

All participants will be entered into a prize draw with one lucky winner bagging a £50 Amazon voucher!  That’s not to be sniffed at 🙂  There will also be goodies handed out to a few runners up.

We really value your input and hope you’ll be excited to see the changes coming with the new version of LibrarySearch.  It has a much more streamlined interface plus a lot of nifty functionality which will make the process of finding and using information much easier.

Four Reasons to Love LibrarySearch

Valentine’s Day is a distant memory but it is still #LibraryLoversMonth so today we’re feeling the love for LibrarySearch.

Here are four reasons why you should love LibrarySearch as much as we do (there are loads more but we’re keeping it brief!)

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  1. Remember the old days when if you wanted to search multiple databases you had to go into each one individually and carry out your searches?  We do!  LibrarySearch saves you precious time as it searches over 300 databases and collections at once from a simple search box.  It is searching good quality scholarly and content and also lets you apply peer-review filters etc. to ensure your results are suitable for use in academic coursework.  Much of the content that LibrarySearch is searching is not freely available on the web but can only be accessed via Library subscriptions.  Of course, there is still a need to search specialist databases individually but LibrarySearch is definitely the best place to start your research process.
  2. Are you rubbish at remembering to check when your loans are due back and clicking that renew button?  No problem!  LibrarySearch will ‘automagically’ renew your loans with the clever auto-renewals function.  If you have a normal 28 day loan issued out to you, and nobody else has requested it (that is the important bit) – that item can auto-renew for up to 12 weeks.  You don’t have worry about renewing as we’ve taken care of it for you.  However, if your item is requested by another borrower, you’ll need to return it by the due date (you’ll get an email sent out with the details)  Remember, you can check your due dates by logging into My Account in LibrarySearch.
  3. We recommend that you always sign in (top right) to LibrarySearch before you start searching.  Once you’re signed in you can utilise the cool personalised services that are available – these are designed to make finding and using items much easier. Saved Items allows you to save, organise and edit items from your search results. Just click the star icon next to an item in the results list to save it for later. LibrarySearch then highlights the icon and adds the item to your ‘basket’ in Saved Items and it will stay there until you move or delete it.  You can sort saved items into folders and export directly into RefWorks – you’ll never lose that amazing article you found at 3am ever again!  You can also save search terms (queries) for later so you can run the same search to see if any new items are available in your areas of interest.  You can also set up alerts so that LibrarySearch automatically runs these searches for you.  See the Personalised Services tab in the help section on the LibrarySearch homepage for full details.
  4. You can easily follow citation trails in LibrarySearch to see lists of items cited by an article or Items citing an article and can click through to view these in Scopus or Web of Science.  Next to some article results you’ll see Citations and Cited by buttons (in red) on the right hand side of the results screen.  Clicking on these will show you lists of articles which have cited or have been cited by the original result.  Remember, we might not have online access to all articles listed here – if we don’t you will see the Request through inter-Library Loan option.  If you click on the Times Cited tab under a specific article, you can then link out to Scopus or Web of Science to view the citations there.  This is a great way to see the reach of a particular article or piece or research and allows you to target your reading around a certain topic.

Happy searching!  If you have any queries about using LibrarySearch, or any other Library resource, please get in touch as we’re happy to help!

Welcome to LibrarySearch – Our new Library system is now live

Our Library System is live!

Library Services are very excited to announce that our new Library system is now live! Both Summon and the Library Catalogue have been replaced with a system called LibrarySearch – it has all the functionality (and more) of both those systems but in a single, simple interface.

Summon is still currently working so this is more of a gradual switch over than a sudden switch off.  We’re in a transitional phase right now where Summon and the Library catalogue and all of our associated links, support pages and guidance are being replaced.  This should be a smooth process with minimal disruption to our staff and students.  But, if you do have any concerns or encounter any problems, please get in touch.

More about LibrarySearch

You can search all of our print books and journals, games and DVDs, eBooks and online journal articles, conference proceedings, databases* and much more from a single, simple interface!

*There are a few of specialist databases which we recommend searching separately.  What you are and are not searching is clearly marked on the LibrarySearch home page.

LibrarySearch is very similar to Summon with its simple keyword search and refining via facets and filters.  However, it also provides added features and functionality to make the user experience even easier.  LibrarySearch is intuitive to use, is fully mobile-optimised so can be viewed on any device, and provides enriched discovery with features such as recommendations and citation trails.

Key points to Note:

  • Simple interface – LibrarySearch is the single place to go to search for physical and online content, renew your loans, pay fines, place requests and more. (It is necessary to log-in to LibrarySearch using your network username and password before you start searching.  This provides streamlined access and enhanced functionality)
  • Increased functionalityLibrarySearch allows you to discover and view online content without leaving the interface. Tabs provide links to various services including placing requests via Interlibrary Loan (some fees apply) and viewing citations via Web of Science and Scopus.
  • Auto-renewals – If there are no requests on items you’ve borrowed, the system will automatically renew these for you as if by magic! Normal loans (28 days) and weekly loans can auto-renew twice and Overnight loans can auto-renew once.
  • Overnight loans – Short Loans have been re-vamped as Overnight Loans. These high-demand items can be booked in advance, can be auto-renewed once (providing there are no other bookings) and have a reduced fine rate of 50p per hour.
  • Increased borrowing – Postgraduate students and researchers can now borrow up to 20 items.
  • RefWorks – You will still be able to export citations directly into RefWorks via Saved Items/My Account in LibrarySearch (switching from Summon to LibrarySearch has no impact on your existing RefWorks folders)
  • No loss of access – You will still have access to all content you do currently.  Individual collections and databases should still be accessed via your Subject Guides.
  • Help and Support – there’s a handy help guide on the LibrarySearch homepage.  Click the tabs to read more about each topic.  More user guides and videos will follow soon.

You can find LibrarySearch here.  Please bookmark this link for future reference.

Let us know what you think!  If you have feedback on LibrarySearch or discover any issues, please email us on librarysystems@abertay.ac.uk

We’re really looking forward to talking to you all and showing you LibrarySearch in action during our classes, workshops and drop-ins!

Introducing LibrarySearch! New Library System Goes Live 30th June 2016

Library Services are very excited to announce that our new Library system will go live on Thursday 30th June 2016.

Our current Library Management System,Voyager, will be replaced by Alma and our Resource Discovery System, Summon, will be replaced by Primo.  Both products are provided by Ex Libris and are used in Universities all around the world.  These new products are fully integrated which means we are waving goodbye to our old friend the Library Catalogue.  There’s now a single way to search for print and online content and it looks a little something like this:

Alma

Alma is a next-generation Library Management Solution which means that behind-the-scenes workflows such as ordering and processing our physical stock and activating our online content is far more unified and streamlined.  This is good news for us but even better news for our staff and students as it allows for a better level of service.

Primo (AKA LibrarySearch)

Primo is a Resource Discovery System similar to Summon and will replace both it and the Library Catalogue.  We’ve branded our version of Primo as LibrarySearch – and it does exactly that: search all of our print books and journals, games and DVDs, eBooks and online journal articles, conference proceedings, databases* and much more from a single, simple interface!

*There are a few of specialist databases which we recommend searching separately.  What you are and are not searching is clearly marked on the LibrarySearch home page.

LibrarySearch is very similar to Summon with its simple keyword search and refining via facets and filters.  However, it also provides added features and functionality to make the user experience even easier.  LibrarySearch is intuitive to use, is fully mobile-optimised so can be viewed on any device, and provides enriched discovery with features such as recommendations and citation trails.

No need to worry about learning how to use another search tool – if you can use Google, you can use LibrarySearch.

Results display in LibrarySearch in a similar way to Summon (see below)  You can refine using facets, filters and a date slider on the left of the screen and access services and additional functionality via the tabs on the middle of the screen under each result and also to the right of the screen:

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Example of the LibrarySearch mobile interface (on iPhone)

LibrarySearch – Preview

You can have a sneak peek of LibrarySearch here – try some searches and see what you think of the user interface.

**Please remember that this is not live until 30th June – we’re still working on content for the home page and some functionality is being tweaked. Please just use this for testing, don’t try to renew or place requests etc.**

Key Changes

Here’s a very quick overview of some of the key changes you’ll see as a result of the new system from a user perspective.

  • LibrarySearch – the single place to go to search for physical and online content, renew your loans, pay fines, place requests and more. *It is necessary to log-in to LibrarySearch using your network username and password before you start searching.  This provides streamlined access and enhanced functionality*
  • Increased functionality – LibrarySearch allows you to discover and view online content without leaving the interface. Tabs provide links to various services including placing requests via Interlibrary Loan (some fees apply)
  • Auto-renewals – If there are no requests on items you’ve borrowed, the system will automatically renew these for you as if by magic! Normal loans (28 days) and weekly loans can auto-renew twice and Overnight loans can auto-renew once.
  • Overnight loans – Short Loans have been re-vamped as Overnight Loans. These high-demand items can be booked in advance, can be auto-renewed once (providing there are no other bookings) and have a reduced fine rate of 50p per hour.
  • Increased borrowing – Postgraduate students and researchers can now borrow up to 20 items.

Future developments – Reading List System

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s more!  Towards the end of August we’ll be launching Leganto which is a Reading List System also provided by Ex Libris so will work seamlessly with our new Library System.  In addition, Leganto will be integrated with Blackboard.  You can find out more here

Minimal Disruption to Services

We’ve been busy beavering away on this for well over a year now: cleaning and migrating data, getting trained up on all aspects of the system (we even had to sit an exam to become Alma Certified Administrators!), configuring workflows and making sure all our systems and resources are integrated correctly, and of course working on getting the LibrarySearch interface just right…

We’ve tried to have as little disruption as possible to all Library services during the various phases of the project.  As we ‘re now very much on the last leg and are switching things over, there will be some interruptions. Self-service facilities (book issues, returns, online renewals, holds and recalls or fine payments) are unavailable between Monday 27th June and Thursday 30th June. Books and other materials can still be taken out on loan, but will need to be issued manually from the SEZ desk on Level 1.

We will also be unable to process any new library memberships or any SCONUL Access/Dundee University library authorisations during this period.

Apologies for this disruption but this slight blip is unavoidable at this point in the switch over.

Help and Support

As mentioned, LibrarySearch is very similar to Summon and is nice and easy to use.  However, we will still be proving help and support as well as guidance on the various features and functionality – the Library intranet pages and YouTube channel will be updated over the coming weeks to include shiny new videos, FAQs, user guides etc.  We’ll also be communicating with you regularly via our social media channels giving updates and top tips.  If you’re not already following us, please do!  Here’s our Twitter and our Facebook links for you.

Feedback

We’d love to hear your thoughts on LibrarySearch.  If you have any suggestions for improvements or encounter any teething problems, please contact us on librarysystems@abertay.ac.uk 

We’re really looking forward to talking to you all and showing you LibrarySearch in action during our classes, workshops and drop-ins!

High five from all of us in Library Services.