What's Happened to the Library Catalog?

It doesn't take library users long to realize that some big changes have been made to the library catalog this summer. And in fact, those changes are still in progress. Here is a brief introduction to what is going on, why it is happening, and what library users can expect this fall.

Since 2000, Union College Library has been a member of the Nebraska Independent College Library Consortium (NICLC) and shared a library computer system with the other members of this group. Last school year it became apparent to library staff in the NICLC member libraries that a change in computer systems was necessary. After evaluating several systems, the consortium decided to move to OCLC's new Worldshare Management Services (WMS) which uses WorldCat Local as the library catalog.
Union College Library is currently in the middle of the migration process. This means that some components of the new system are functioning and available, while others are not. 
The next question users may be asking is, "Where are the call numbers?" The old library computer system was frozen on June 22.  Anything added to the catalog before that date has not yet been transferred to the new system. In WorldCat Local you will see a general institution holdings symbol which indicates that Union College owns a title, but the specific call number will not appear until sometime in September or October. In the meantime, please visit the library's Circulation Desk to acquire call numbers for the items you need. Rest assured, the numbers are not lost and all library staff have access to this information. For books cataloged since June 22 call numbers and local shelving locations do appear in WorldCat Local although the circulation status is not yet linked to our new circulation system. So all books say they are available although they may be checked out. Once again, please see library staff if you have any questions.
Here is what is available or will soon be available (Items in italics are coming soon):
MetasearchingWorldCat Local adds many new and exciting features to the catalog including metasearching, the capability of searching many of the library's article databases along with the catalog in a single search. Use Advanced Search to see a list of the databases included or to edit the list to include only the databases you wish to search. Not all of the library's databases are available for metasearching.
Scoping - Searchers may choose to search Union College collections only, all WorldCat libraries, or just the NICLC member libraries. Please note that two colleges have withdrawn their membership from NICLC, so selecting this group searches the following seven library collections: College of St. Mary, Concordia University, Doane College, Hastings College, Midland University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Union College.
Faceted searching - When viewing a list of results, on the left side of the screen searchers now see a list of options for narrowing the search results. These include specific databases, formats, dates, authors, and subjects.
WorldCat account - Users will find a link to their WorldCat account in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This account is set up by users who choose both their username and password. Use this account to save search results, create alerts and lists, and to organize resources for projects.
Library Account - Users can check due dates, renew library items, and place holds using their library account which is also linked in the upper right-hand corner of the WorldCat Local screen. Please note that the library account is not yet available. More information will be provided when this feature becomes available.
Interlibrary Loan - A new interlibrary loan procedure will be implemented second semester. For fall, please continue to use the old FirstSearch request form provided in WorldCat Local. If you are off campus, you may need to switch to the old WorldCat (FirstSearch) in order to access the form. 
Please ask a library staff member for help if you are having trouble using WorldCat Local. We are happy to answer questions. Because the system is still in implementation it is also helpful for library users to alert us to problems they encounter so these problems can be quickly addressed.