The library service and ITDI department are currently implementing a new library management and resource discovery system which will go live this summer before the 2022/23 academic year. The live date is July 6th 2022.
A detailed procurement process identified OCLC's Worldshare Management Services as the preferred option. Our new LibrarySearch interface will be powered by WorldCat Discovery and become the single front-end for all library users, replacing the current library catalogue (libcat) and Multisearch (Encore). This will end a fifteen year relationship with our current vendor, Innovative, but will open up a number of exciting opportunities and improvements in resource discovery and access.
Library users will benefit from the following changes:
For library and IT staff, benefits include:
There will be no dramatic change to library resources or electronic resource content. All existing books, eBooks, eJournals, eCollections etc will remain in place. It is only the interface that you search and access resources through that is changing. Library support materials and video guides will be updated to reflect the system changes.
We plan to have information sessions closer to the live date which will introduce the new discovery interface.
Please note that any books you have a loan during the summer will be migrated to the new OCLC system.
When the system changes, some staff may have to make changes depending on how they are directing users to existing services. Any direct links to content to the existing library catalogue (libcat) or Multisearch will have to be updated, as these services will be deactivated during August this year.
Please note that all links in published Talis Aspire reading lists will be updated centrally by the respective vendors, OCLC and Talis, with some assistance from the library team.
Links to many eResources will also change. If you have copied and pasted resource links into learning materials, please read the guidance on the following page which provide details about EZproxy changes: