The new Library Catalog, currently in beta testing, is scheduled to go into production in early August. At that point, the current Library Catalog and Lens will be retired. We encourage you to act now if you want to save lists stored using My Lists in the Catalog or My Discoveries in Lens.
From the current Catalog
Unfortunately, we cannot offer an automated migration of records stored in the existing Catalog using My Lists. If these saved records are important to you, we suggest that you copy and paste them into a document or transfer each saved record into a citation manager, such as Zotero or EndNote. Contact us via Ask a Librarian for more information about using citation management tools.
Library staff will be happy to migrate your records and lists stored in Lens’s My Discoveries to the new Library Catalog upon request. You may place requests for migration as of today. We will be able to continue offering this service through September, after which this data will be lost.
Features of the new Catalog
The design goals for the new Library Catalog were drawn from an extensive series of interviews with UChicago faculty and students, conducted to ensure that the new tool will meet the needs of researchers. The new Catalog design retains all of the functionality that patrons identified as valuable in the existing systems and adds new features requested during interviews.
Library users will observe several notable improvements in the new Library Catalog:
- The visual design is simple and clean.
- The search results page displays the current availability of items.
- Ebooks and ejournals are easier to access.
- Search options from the soon-to-be-retired Library Catalog and Lens are available in a single Catalog.
Coming soon to the new Catalog
In the months following the launch of the Catalog, we will be adding additional features:
- greater flexibility in emailing and texting catalog records,
- improved print layouts,
- an improved mobile experience, and
- expanded Library content, including archival finding aids, and some digital collections.
More information about the transition to the new Library Catalog and our new Library management system, Kuali OLE, will be posted to the Library News site and emailed to the University of Chicago community later this month.