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Letter from the Dean of the University Library

May 15, 2014


Dear Portland State University Community,


In the next few months, Portland State University will be transitioning to a new library management system that replaces several individual library systems. The system handles important library functions such as circulation and the ordering, cataloging, and processing of materials. It also provides the online search system that allows people to search for library resources here at Portland State, as well as through Summit.


The new library system is a groundbreaking shared library system project of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. As exemplified by the Summit service, the Orbis Cascade Alliance has a longstanding record of collaboration. The Alliance is working to capitalize on the strong library collaboration already in place to develop the new system in ways that allow us to collaborate even more—with enhanced services for all of our users.


The goals of this Alliance-wide project include:

  • updated technology that supports more efficient library operations;

  • more efficient Summit borrowing;

  • enhanced search and discovery of library resources;

  • collaborative workflows between libraries;

  • lower software maintenance costs;

  • collaborative collection development between Alliance libraries;

  • shared preservation initiatives.


This new system brings with it a search interface for library materials that replace the existing Portland State Library WorldCat and Vikat catalogs. The familiar search box on the library home page will remain and information and help on how to navigate the new catalog will be available on the library web site. The Library will also be offering one-on-one help to assist you. Our top priority throughout the transition is to maintain library services at the level you expect and require and to make the transition as easy as possible.


Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or issues as we move through this transition. We welcome your feedback and are appreciative of your patience. Use the form linked below to send us your feedback.


Marilyn Moody
Dean, University Library

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