The library catalogue isn’t what it used to be. Today, it moves beyond searching one single catalogue, allowing users to simultaneously search across many library databases and electronic resources. Beginning in December, York University Libraries will implement a superior search platform through a partnership with 13 other Ontario university libraries.
This initiative, Collaborative Futures, is a project of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). It will provide all members of the York community with a modern search interface that provides significant improvements in terms of resource discovery, as well as simplifying access to the Libraries’ collections across a wide range of formats.
It will also enhance the Libraries’ ability to work more effectively with Collaborative Futures partners to share expertise and access to the province’s valuable print and electronic research collections.
The Collaborative Futures project has undergone significant planning over the past few years and is now in its implementation phase. The partners will collectively implement a shared library services platform that will build upon a long record of successful co-operative work by OCUL members to enhance resource discovery, access and other services for our campus communities.
What does this mean for everybody?
For students, faculty and staff at York University, the Libraries’ current search interface (VuFind) will disappear and will be replaced by PrimoVE, facilitating improved discovery capabilities and more streamlined access to resources held both at York Libraries and across the Collaborative Futures partner libraries. This change will occur on Dec. 10.
The Libraries will provide more detailed information about this transition over the coming months, including specific details on timelines. For background information about Collaborative Futures, see the OCUL website. Questions about the project should be directed to Adam Taves, implementation lead for Collaborative Futures, York University Libraries.
Story provided by Adam Taves, implementation lead for Collaborative Futures, York University Libraries