OneSearch, the new discovery tool, will replace our current library catalog and provide a single, intuitive search interface for print and electronic materials.
Users will have basic and advanced searching for all combined content. Search results will default to print and online materials available in or through the Midlands Technical College library. It will be easy to include results from other academic libraries in South Carolina and request books through PASCAL Delivers, the statewide rapid print delivery service.
MTC and 54 other academic institutions in South Carolina are implementing the next-generation shared library system. The migration is a joint project of the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL), supported by lottery funds from the SC General Assembly. The new system will increase efficiencies in managing electronic and print resources and will provide greater opportunities for collaborative collection building. Harvard University, the SUNY Libraries Consortium and the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois are also recent adopters of the same system.
What does this mean for students, staff, faculty, and other library users?
Beginning June 1, 2020:
Will I still have access to the current Library Catalog?
What are some of the improvements I can look forward to?
How was this decision made?
Why are we moving from multiple stand-alone systems to a shared system?
The primary goal of this statewide systems upgrade is to enrich the research experience of students while assisting faculty and staff in their scholarly and professional pursuits. South Carolina’s academic libraries have a long tradition of collaboration that efficiently increased student and faculty access to information resources. Over the years, PASCAL has provided access to thousands of journals and ebooks, and through PASCAL Delivers, millions of print books in member libraries. The new shared system represents an important step in collaboration. It will improve our efficiencies through shared services and cloud-based opportunities; allow institutions to better manage print and digital collections; and increase our analytic capabilities. A shared platform provides the greatest opportunity and flexibility for sharing resources and services that will support students, faculty, and staff at all our member institutions.
How is this new system different?
This new shared system will operate in a cloud computing environment, with the various pieces needed to manage 21st century library operations developed interconnectedly. Because it is managed “in the cloud,” many libraries will no longer need to maintain servers and manage systems as they currently do. Services that libraries purchased separately, for example link resolvers, discovery layers, serials management, and authority control, are now all part of this new system. The architecture is designed to better incorporate, manage, discover and access electronic resources. Resource sharing among our institutions is critical, as is a “next generation” public interface that allows library users to discover and access the complex universe of available resources. Having one system will improve the research experience for our users and allow staff to create value added services.
How is the cost shared?
Funding for the shared system also represents an important collaborative step: Lottery funds supplied by the General Assembly have funded the startup and implementation of the system, while member library fees will provide for its upkeep. Overall, the system will increase statewide access to resources, while saving costs over individual implementations.
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