The University of Rochester Libraries will be upgrading our current library system, Voyager, which powers the “Library Catalog” tab on the library website. When we first implemented Voyager in 1996, it represented state of the art technology. Now, it is an aging platform that is no longer being updated by the vendor and cannot handle a significant portion of the data that modern research libraries work with today.
The shift to a new system is essential: Voyager, our current catalog system, is now twenty-two years old and is no longer updated by the vendor. In order to continue to serve the University of Rochester, we must upgrade this critical system.
Before the end of this month, we will introduce a new set of tools to search for library materials. New, but not so new to us; the software that powers the current “Articles and Books” tab on the library website will be used as the foundation for our new library search interface.
Please rest assured that connecting our community with library materials is indeed the primary purpose of our search systems. While some elements of search will be different in any new system because of the evolution of search technologies and tools over the last twenty-two years, the core principles, connecting library patrons to the resources available to them, remain the same.
Our choice of systems is not unique: in selecting these tools, we are joining the likes of Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Case Western, Boston University, Princeton, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Toronto, Northwestern, Yale, Rutgers, Temple, UC Davis, Irvine, Riverside, and Santa Barbara, University of Pennsylvania, and many others. We are lucky to have many peers and colleagues to connect with to help us build a great search system for the University of Rochester Libraries, and we are excited to do so.
One thing to note is that any current links you may have to books that come from Voyager (library catalog) will need to be updated after the new system is implemented. These links will start with ‘catalog.lib’ or you may notice they direct you to Voyager (library catalog). The process of updating links cannot be completed until the new system is in place. We will communicate to you once that happens. You can view screenshots of where you can locate these new links:
We have also created a guide to help you learn all the exciting new features of this system which will be located in the Subject Guide section of the Miner Library website once our new system goes live. On here you can learn more about the tools within our new search system that will help you discover the results you need.
If you have any questions please reach out to us. We want to ensure that you feel supported through this transition and we are happy to help and provide answers you may have about this.