New discovery system
A new and improved library system will debut Monday December 16th, 2013. Saints Search, our new discovery system, will make it easier for you to find – and get – the information you need. The new Saints Search box will be able to search across a much broader array of local, regional and global content including journal articles, books, DVDs and streaming videos.
Weekend closure for migration
Our cut-over to Saints Search begins Friday, December 13th. The library has closed today at noon, but will re-open Monday morning at 8 am.
An Orbis Cascade Alliance shared system
Saints Search is being implemented in partnership with the other member libraries of the Orbis Cascade Alliance. By moving from 30-plus library systems to one integrated system, we hope to improve the research experience for you – our students, faculty and staff – and better manage the resources you need. We are working with our partner libraries in the Alliance to unlock opportunities that will help us build our collections as a single collection, share services and resources with each other, achieve efficiencies, and explore new information technologies.
O’Grady Library is part of the second group of libraries to transition to this new system. Because this is an extensive migration incorporating many institutions, the entire process will not be complete until December 2014. We are committed to providing you with excellent service, including the delivery of Summit and interlibrary loan items, during this implementation period. We appreciate your patience, good humor, and feedback as we move to this new and improved next generation system.
About the Orbis Cascade Alliance
Orbis Cascade is a library consortium of public and private colleges, community colleges, and universities in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, of which Saint Martin’s has been a member since 2005. The consortium’s signature service is Summit, the shared catalog from which students and faculty can request books and other materials from any of the member libraries, with courier delivery to O’Grady Library. There are currently over nine million titles (28+million items) available in Summit. Saint Martin’s students and faculty borrowed 2,224 items through Summit last year, and O’Grady Library lent nearly as many titles to students and faculty at other Orbis Cascade institutions. Our expectation is that Saints Search will provide enhanced access to our shared resources, both physical and electronic.
We appreciate your patience during this transition. If you have questions or other feedback, please let us know: feedback form.
-- The staff of the O'Grady Library