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Our New Library System Goes Live on June 1, 2020: New Library System

New Library System

About the change

Beginning on June 1, 2020, your research experience will look a little different at the Rivers Library website. We have migrated to an online system shared among 55 other college/university libraries in the statewide consortium PASCAL (Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries).

In the new system, your online research experience still begins with a single search box for searching across all print and electronic resources, with an advanced search available. You will enjoy a more intuitive research experience, and library staff will be able manage library materials more efficiently.

How does this affect me?

For faculty, staff, and student researchers:

  • Beginning June 1, all library researchers will have access to a new tool for discovering articles, books, music, databases, and much more from a single search box . . . similar to what you have in our current system
  • The new system will facilitate your discovery of materials at the 55 academic libraries in the PASCAL consortium. (For example, PASCAL Delivers should be even more efficient when it resumes)

Will I still be able to search the "Classic Catalog?"

  • While the "Classic Catalog" will be unavailable after May 31, the new discovery system allows you to limit your search to display only physical materials in the CSU Library. Simply limit search to "Held by library" using the limiters on left side of screen. 

What about the permalinks to database articles in my syllabus?

  • It depends.
    • Permalinks that link directly to a database (like CINAHL, JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, . . .) will not need to be updated.
      • However, permalinks linking to a previous Discover search or Classic Catalog will need to be updated after the new system is live on June 1.
  • Confused? Ask us and we will be happy to help you.

June 1 is in the middle of Summer I. That seems like an inconvenient time to launch a new library research system.

  • With a project of this size and scope, we do not get to select the date to go live. This massive project has been in the works for two years, and involves coordination among our project vendor, PASCAL administration, and 55 member libraries.
  • Our library staff will help you through this process.

So on June 1 everything will work just fine?

  • The new discovery system will be fully functional on June 1, and we do not anticipate any disruption in your ability to conduct research.
    • We expect to be adjusting "behind the scenes library stuff" through the summer. Please let us know if you feel there is something that should be discoverable in the new system or if you are having trouble finding something that you know was there before.
    • From what we have seen so far, the new system is a significant improvement over our current system. We will have many issues to work thorough in June-July, but the migration will be well worth the effort.
  • You will be able to access all of the same databases available to you now through our current system.

Can I take a look before June 1?

You can see a preliminary test version of the new discovery system at the link below. Please keep in mind:

  • This will search only a representative portion of our collection for testing purposes. This is not a search of all resources available to you.
  • After June 1 the new system will contain a number of configuration and display changes, and include many more resources.

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