Library online search gets a facelift: read about the new integrated Library search tool for research, teaching and learning.
The new Library Services Platform is a cloud-based tool used to manage information resources including a search portal, called Library Search for discovering library collections. This interface has replaced CrossSearch, the Catalogue, and MyLoans from January 2019.
The new provider for the Library Services Platform is Ex Libris – a major technology provider for research libraries globally. Their customers include Cambridge and Harvard.
The interface was updated in January 2019 and the new Library Services Platform automatically replaced the current platform.
Searching: A new single platform
A separate, traditional library catalogue has been replaced with an integrated single portal, called Library Search. Early feedback from academic staff has indicated that the new Library Services Platform has made it “much easier to find and access specific journal articles”.
Some information from MyLoans, including current loans, will carry over to the new system, however some information will not:
The Library is making some changes to the way it supplies material that isn’t held in our collections. From Monday 22 October 2018 access to the Bonus+ service will be phased out, and clients will be able to use the Document Delivery service for all future requests.
As part of this change the Document Delivery Services is being extended to undergraduate students for a trial period. From Monday 22 October 2018 undergraduates will have access to requesting 10 items per academic year from hundreds of member libraries across Australia within the Libraries Australia Document Delivery (LADD) service. Researchers and post graduate students will continue to use the service as normal.
The library is currently trialing two databases that may be of interest.
Please have a look at these databases and let us know if you think they would be useful additions:
De-classified Documents Reference System
DDRS is a collection of previously classified government documents relating to domestic and foreign policy. It fills an important gap in post-World War II domestic and foreign policy studies and provides unique opportunities for undergraduate and graduate comprehensive research in a rich primary source. In addition, Declassified Documents Reference System provides a significant resource for researchers in almost every discipline, including journalism, public policy studies, international law and security, and more.
The Churchill Archive is a unique resource that brings nearly 800,000 documents amassed by Winston S. Churchill throughout his life online for the first time.
To complement the core content, the Churchill Archive will offer an expanding range of additional materials, including pedagogical resources and secondary materials, plus editorially-selected links to other resources, video and audio content, and biographical and bibliographic databases.
Alexander Street Press recently announced the release of a new video streaming collection to add to their growing database – the BBC Video Collection.
This collection contains 700 of the best videos from the British Broadcasting Corporation! This database has 528 hours of video content from the BBC and covers a little bit of everything: history, business, science & engineering, health & psychology, art, and music. The collection consists mostly of documentaries –636 documentaries—but also contains 43 performances, and 21 instructional videos.