Implementing New Library Technologies

Date: July 15, 2022

Summers are a busy time in any academic library. It is a time for refining and implementing new technologies to improve access to our many resources. This summer is no different.

EBSCO’s Stacks will become the library’s new home page. The new site will allow the library to more effectively organize its resources and grow its online services. We are refining existing tools to improve the research experience. The library collection has access to over 500,000 ebooks, tens of thousands of electronic journals, 30,000 online videos, and over 180,000 physical items; thus we need to ensure that students, faculty, and researchers can find what they need.

In order to do this, we are implementing an improved Discovery platform. Discovery can be thought of as the library catalog, but it is so much more. It not only searches our local collection but can dig deep into our many online collections and deliver relevant results to our patrons.

Finally, we are introducing a simple finding aid called StackMap. StackMap will help in-person visitors to our library searching Discovery to find a book in our local collection by displaying an on-demand map of where it is located. This is how we help in the finding.

Jim Fitch, MLS
Electronic Services Librarian
Bishop Payne Library

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