New System Will Improve Access to Library Collections

One of the biggest changes to happen in Vanderbilt’s libraries in the last 20 years is underway. Beginning in late July, students and faculty will have access to an easier and faster way to search the university library collections. Since the current system’s implementation in 1997, technology has changed. The new catalog will allow more intuitive and robust searching.

In 2016, Vanderbilt’s administration approved of the expenditure to acquire ExLibris,  a library system in use by such libraries as Harvard, Cambridge, Princeton, Duke, and the British Library. Over the coming months, library staff will work behind the scenes to transition the data and also to collect input from library users on the aspects of the system which can be customized.  This is your chance to tell us how you like to search for library materials.  What fields should be visible in the search box? What collections should be included in the default search? How do you want to sort, filter, or refine your results? Answers to these and other questions will help the libraries create an interface that addresses your needs.

Please complete the brief 9 question survey attached here by March 16. It should take less than 5 minutes.  The new system will provide more integrated, seamless, faster searching—but only with your help!


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