UO LibrarySearch creates a single discovery interface for our users that allows you to quickly find books, journal articles, media of all formats and digitized items. LibrarySearch includes the complete collections of the 37 Summit libraries, close to 9 million titles and growing, and more than 26 million other resources, primarily articles and digital documents and images. This new discovery interface unifies book, journal and article searching and allows both Summit borrowing and interlibrary loan from within a single interface.
In addition to providing access to a broad collection in a single search, UO LibrarySearch offers users the ability to create and save lists of items they find, email items, to create alerts to be notified of new materials on a topic, to export items to bibliographic management software, such as EndNote Online, and to format a citation in APA, MLA or Chicago/Turabian style.
The software used for UO LibrarySearch will be used by all 37 members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the Summit libraries. In addition to this change in discovering library resources, Alliance libraries are implementing shared software to manage the selection, purchase, processing, and circulation of materials. This is a big project that, when complete in December 2014, will allow Alliance libraries to build our collections as a single collection, more easily share services and resources, and exploit new technologies. Better management of our resources and creating efficiencies in processes will enable staff to focus on value added activities that will benefit our users and institutions.
- Sara Brownmiller