What’s new with our catalog?
In one sense, not a lot. The design of our catalog has been updated to match the Library’s web site theme. There are a couple of new features, but the information we provide about our collections and our approach to organizing it are largely the same as they have been over the last several years.
In another sense, however, pretty much everything is new. The Library has implemented a new library system, the system that manages your requests and loans, that keeps track of the resources we own and where they are, and that we use to purchase and catalog the new resources we procure for our community. We have rebuilt our catalog to work with the new system. Much has been accomplished: we support all of the basics including search and subject browse, the ability to refine and limit the scope of search results through facets, to request an item, to review and renew loans, to view account information, and to pay fines or fees (not that you would have any).
And we have added a couple of new features:
- You can follow the link to an electronic item directly from a search results list.
- You can view and request specific issues of a journal or specific volumes of a multiple volume work collected under a single title.
- You can renew all of your loans with a single click.
- You can save titles to a list associated with your library account that is stored for later access. You can add items to your list or remove them over time, and you can email the list to yourself or print it.
There are some improvements:
- We have compressed how we display availability, particularly for titles held at several libraries, for multi-volume works and for journals, to make it easier to determine where the item you need is available.
- We have improved how you can find recent issues of journals.
And some changes:
- The digital collections that had been included in the catalog are being moved to their own search interface, slated for release later this year.
- UW-Madison patrons can log into their account only with their campus NetID.
We plan to update this page with release notes as we plan and add new features. Check back from time to time and follow our progress.
Finally, let us know what you think and what features you would like to see: contact us.
October 20, 2015