Beginning in July 2020, researchers will have a new interface for discovering articles, books, media, and more in one search. This single, intuitive search interface will replace Millennium and Summon. Users may also easily search PASCAL Delivers through the new search interface in order to request books from any of the other academic libraries in South Carolina. Before, you needed to click out of your results list to see if the item was available at another library.
We join 54 other South Carolina academic institutions in implementing this next-generation shared library system. The new system will increase efficiencies in managing electronic and print resources and will provide greater opportunities for collaborative collection building.
What does this mean for students, staff, faculty, and other library users?
What can I expect during the migration period (April – August 2020)?
Beginning July 1, 2020:
Will I still have access to the former 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.
Need more information?
Contact your subject librarian if you need more information.