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NEW Shared Library System

Information about the new Midlands Technical College Library System

SC Academic Libraries Adopt New Shared System - What does that mean for me?

    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.

FAQ about the Statewide Shared System: PASCAL Connects

Frequently Asked Questions

What does this mean for students, staff, faculty, and other library users?

  • Beginning June 1, 2020, library users will have a new tool for discovering articles, books, media, and more in one search.
  • There will be a single, intuitive search interface for print and electronic resources.
  • Users can quickly find resources at Midlands Tech, as well as those available at 54 other South Carolina academic libraries.

Beginning June 1, 2020:

  • We will debut the new shared system and OneSearch discovery interface.
  • Library users will begin using the new OneSearch discovery interface to find articles, books, media, and more in a single, intuitive interface.
  • PASCAL Delivers service will resume in the near future as an integrated part of the new platform.
  • If there were any errors during data migration, we will spend the summer cleaning up those problems. Such problems may include broken links in the catalog and missing or incomplete e-resources. Please be patient as we clean up data during this migration period.

Will I still have access to the current Library Catalog?

  • No. After June 1, 2020, our current library catalog will be retired. Beginning June 1, 2020, the new discovery tool, OneSearch, will be available to users. OneSearch will provide a single, intuitive interface discovering articles, books, print and online journals and more.

What are some of the improvements I can look forward to?

  • The shared system will include a single, intuitive search interface for print and digital resources. Moreover, a powerful and customizable search interface will allow all Midlands Tech students and faculty to quickly find resources on our campus, as well as those available through the PASCAL community.

How was this decision made?

  • The decision to move to a shared library system was made collaboratively by South Carolina academic libraries through the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL), a consortium that includes 56 South Carolina colleges and universities. With the help of an expert consultant, PASCAL members evaluated the available systems on the market and developed a governance structure for managing the implementation and operation of the system. PASCAL members and staff then wrote a detailed request for proposals, outlining the features and functionality required for a statewide library services platform. Review of bids submitted in response to this RFP was governed by the South Carolina procurement code. Documents related to the award may be viewed on the Division of Procurement Services website.

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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