UMD's Classic catalog to retire December 26, 2013
Five years ago, UMD introduced QuickSearch, an interface to the Library catalog that was optimized to find resources on a topic using keyword searches. QuickSearch became the first search box users of the Library website see, but UMD's Classic catalog remained available.
In its 2008 version, QuickSearch offered an appealing choice for finding anything on a topic, but UMD's Classic catalog was more efficient for users who knew what they were looking for or for users who wanted to browse through an alphabetical list of results. The Classic catalog was also used to create reserve reading lists for courses.
Maintaining both the Classic interface and QuickSearch was a good transitional solution. Unfortunately UMD's Classic catalog sits on top of an antiquated library management system which no longer meets the library's operational needs. We are replacing this management system on December 26, 2013 and will retire the Classic catalog then.
At the same time new browse functionality and enhanced indexing will be added to QuickSearch to provide the functionality formerly available only in Classic. The library will also begin using an open source software called Reserves Direct for placing materials on reserve for courses. This product will interface with QuickSearch and with Moodle.
Starting in January QuickSearch will be rebranded with the name MNCAT Discovery to reflect the enhanced search capabilities it will have. Users will be able to search everything the current QuickSearch searches, PLUS publicly available and open access content, as well as licensed content from publishers like Elsevier, Nature, Springer, and university presses, and eventually UMD Library digital collections.
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