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August 24, 2006

Catalog listing of records has changed

Once again over the summer the UMC Library catalog software was upgraded. The only noticible change is that the brief record view has changed. The new view puts the links to online resources on this initial results page.

Like most choices there is a trade-off, since this new view requires more vertical scrolling to see the results than the former default view. You can switch to the former display by clicking on the display option to "Table view" above the search results. Switching to the "table view" display creates a short list of items with call numbers which can be used to locate books in the stacks.

This change is most useful when searching the Crookston Catalog Plus Internet Resources which contains many records with links to ebooks, ejournals and other online resources. You can link to the text without the additional step of opening a link to the full catalog record.

August 1, 2006

Requesting books from other U Libraries made easy

If you search in the University of Minnesota All Campuses Catalog and find a book, video or other material that you would like to borrow click on the Full View link and you will see a link ILL Request for U of M Crookston - Authentication required as one of the options at the top of the Full View record.

This link brings up the X.500 log in screen requiring your internet username and password. After you have logged in, click on Last Search (at the bottom of the screen) to relocate the record for the item you want to borrow.

This link generates an Interlibrary Loan request form for the book with your borrower information already filled in. You have to ok the copyright and provide a date not needed by and you are good to go.

The big advantage is that the form goes directly into the ILL system. Until now we have had to key requests even those submitted electroniclly into the ILL system. A seond advantage is that the interlibrary loan becomes part of your account on the system. You can view and manage ILL materials and we can send the same notices as for regular books.

This is a nice feature and at this time is available only to UMC patrons.