5 November 2013
Lewis & Clark Community Members:
For the first time in almost two decades, Watzek and Boley Libraries are transitioning to a new library management system. This system handles important library functions like circulation, ordering, and cataloging materials. It also provides the online search interface used to locate library materials on campus and through Summit as well as electronic resources including e-journals and e-books. The new system is one shared with the 37-academic libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance.
As exemplified by the Summit service, the Orbis Cascade Alliance has a longstanding record of successful collaboration. The goals of this Alliance-wide project (to be achieved in the next few years) include:
updated technology that supports more efficient library operations;
more efficient Summit borrowing;
enhanced search and discovery of library resources;
collaborative workflows between libraries;
lower software maintenance costs;
collaborative collection development between Alliance libraries;
shared preservation initiatives.
This new system brings with it a search interface for library materials that will replace L&C WorldCat and the Classic Catalog. The new search interface will support the searching functionality that you depend on and offer new capabilities as well. The libraries will be offering tutorials and one-on-one help to assist you in learning the conventions of the new interface. As we iron out bugs in the new system, we will be eager to have your feedback and appreciative of your patience.
Because this is such a large scale project, there are bound to be bumps in the road. Our top priority through the transition will be to maintain library services at the level that you expect and require. Please communicate with us if you have questions, concerns or issues as we move through this transition.
Mark Dahl, Director, Watzek Library
Tami Gierloff, Assistant Dean, Boley Library and Professor of Law