New library system is live

Primo logoIt’s here! Our new library system is now up and running. The biggest change for you, as a library user, will likely be the new online search interface called Primo, which you will use to locate library materials within Hamersly Library and at our Summit partner libraries.

Find Primo at the top of the library homepage and try it out. If you find any bugs or have questions, please let us know, and know that we will be working in the weeks to come to smooth out the bumps that inevitably come with a large-scale project like this one.

Speaking of which…here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin to use the new catalog in these early days: 

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  • For quick answers to the most commonly asked questions about the new system (such as, why did the library make this change?, what is this thing called Primo?, what about my favorite database, has it changed?) take a look at our FAQ. We are continuing to add to this as we encounter new questions and issues.
  • WorldCat, Primo, and Research databases are elements of a complete searchSearching in Primo can get you different types of results depending on the options you choose. However, even though there is a lot of material searchable in Primo, it does not include everything. Here are a couple examples:
  • Once you do an initial search in Primo and are on the results page, look to the upper-right corner for the sign-in link. We strongly encourage you to sign in as it helps you get better results and is the only way you can order books through Summit. A couple more things about the sign-in that you should know for now:
    • Once you click on the link to sign in, you will be taken to page where you can sign in with your WOU Pawprint ID and password.
    • The first time you sign in, you will be prompted to “Personalize Your Results.” In addition to selecting one or more subject areas of interest, you can indicate your “Degree,” which is simply a way of asking what part of the WOU community you belong to (student, staff member, etc.) If you are a member of faculty, the best option on the menu at this point is “Researcher.” Selecting these options will provide better search result relevance rankings for you. You can also skip this personalization, however, and/or change your settings later.

We appreciate your patience during this transition and are committed to maintaining library services at the level that you expect and require. As always, please feel free to let us know if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns about the new system. 

2 thoughts on “New library system is live

  1. Hi, I have been trying to find books by authors I normally read for fun, before this new system I had no trouble finding them in ILL now, nothing comes up, only research stuff. why can’t I find regular fiction books anymore?

    • Hi Breanna – I’m sorry for the delay in responding to your comment! We get so many spam comments on the blog, sometimes it’s difficult to wade through them 🙂 I’m guessing that the reason you are having a different experience in Primo (the new system) than you used to have, has to do with the fact that the books you used to order came through ILL. If a book comes through ILL that means it is coming from a library outside of the Summit system and Primo only includes items from within the Summit system. If you’d like to search for books outside the Summit libraries, use the “WorldCat” link in the lower right of the search widget on the library homepage. It will bring you to the WorldCat catalog, where you can search for books from all over the world: http://www.summit.worldcat.org/

      As you probably experienced before, it can take longer to get these books delivered to WOU (sometimes up to two weeks). For instant gratification, check out the library’s Recreation Collection on the North end of the first floor. This is where we keep most of our “for fun” books in the library. You can also browse it online here and get personalized reading suggestions: http://www.wou.edu/provost/library/about/gaming.php

      I hope this helps!

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