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Dean of the University Library

 

Marylin Moody

from the Dean's Desk
Marilyn K. Moody
, Spring 2014

 

The start of the Spring Term finds many students looking forward to completing their coursework and graduating at the end of the term. Congratulations to all of our graduating students!
Library faculty and staff are also engaged in completing an important initiative and will reach a major milestone at the end of this term. We will be bringing up a new library system that replaces several individual systems as well as providing a new look and new ways of searching the library catalog. As you can imagine, this transition has involved an intense amount of effort and attention.  
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. Portland State already benefits greatly from its membership in the Alliance, and this initiative is just another example of those benefits. In conjunction with the library system vendor Ex Libris, 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 our users. Our faculty and staff are excited about the potential of the new system. Assistant University Librarian, Barbara Glackin, says: “The shared system will integrate a multitude of library resources into a single interface, making it easier for students, faculty, and other users to easily locate information and research materials.”

The start of the Spring Term finds many students looking forward to completing their coursework and graduating at the end of the term. Congratulations to all of our graduating students!

Library faculty and staff are also engaged in completing an important initiative and will reach a major milestone at the end of this term. We will be bringing up a new library system that replaces several individual systems as well as providing a new look and new ways of searching the library catalog. As you can imagine, this transition has involved an intense amount of effort and attention.  

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. Portland State already benefits greatly from its membership in the Alliance, and this initiative is just another example of those benefits. In conjunction with the library system vendor Ex Libris, 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 our users. Our faculty and staff are excited about the potential of the new system. Assistant University Librarian, Barbara Glackin, says: “The shared system will integrate a multitude of library resources into a single interface, making it easier for students, faculty, and other users to easily locate information and research materials.”

From our student and faculty’s point of view, they will still go to the library home page to get to a library search box as they do now. From there they will be able to find our PSU journals, books and digitized collections. They will also be able to continue to use the Summit system—allowing them to borrow some 9 million titles and 26 million individual items from Alliance libraries. As more and more of our library books and journals become available online, the new system will also allow us to develop new models of sharing e-books and journals within the Alliance consortium.

 

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