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  • Posted: January 13, 2017

    Available on Google Play and the App Store, the Ask A Librarian mobile app connects you to all of your library's reference services, including chat, texting, email, and frequently asked questions. Download it and select Randall Library as a favorite! Visit http://askalibrarian.ninja/ for download links and more information.

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  • Posted: July 05, 2016

    Updated July 2016

    Randall Library is pleased to share the news that OCLC, the global library cooperative, has reversed its decision to discontinue the FirstSearch interface that provides power searching of the WorldCat database. As you may recall from the Library’s communications last spring, OCLC bundled the content of FirstSearch with another product, its own discovery service, thereby changing the interface and reducing the functionality of FirstSearch. At this time OCLC also announced a 2015 end of life date for FirstSearch. As a responsible steward of state funds, the Library made the difficult decision not to subscribe to this altered product. The library already subscribed to a discovery service through ProQuest, and we could not in good conscience double pay for a product we would not use, in order to retain the soon-to-be-discontinued FirstSearch interface.

    OCLC recently released the following statement: “Librarians have told us how much they value the unique capabilities of FirstSearch, and we have listened…we understand that libraries need to deliver search experiences that meet different user needs, including providing detailed searching of WorldCat to support research and a variety of library workflows.” To this end, OCLC will continue the FirstSearch interface after all, and now offers it as a stand-alone resource.

    With this news and after careful consideration, Randall Library has subscribed to FirstSearch with all of its features intact. The link is available on the Library’s A-Z list under “WorldCat [FirstSearch Interface]. Please visit https://library.uncw.edu/eresources/worldcat.

    We appreciate your patience during this period without FirstSearch, and know that it is a critical resource for many of you. We hope that the workarounds that our Library Information Technology and Systems staff created and implemented were helpful, such as the “Get it from UNCW’ bookmarklet.

     Your feedback matters. It was your voice, with other faculty and librarians, that was vigorously conveyed to OCLC at meetings and conferences across the country, and that made the difference and has resulted in the continuation of FirstSearch. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time regarding library resources.

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  • Posted: February 10, 2016

    We currently have access to a number of new databases on a temporary trial basis. The list of databases included, and links to them, are available on our Trial Databases page. Please take advantage of this access to give them a test drive. If you feel they would be useful to your teaching or studies, please let us know through the Database Trial Evaluation online form.

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  • Posted: May 15, 2015

    You spoke, and we listened! The primary search box on our homepage now presents your top results in categories organized by format, with links to dive deeper into your results.

    The new version of Randall’s Library primary search box searches across multiple systems, including the Library Catalog, Summon (our new aggregated search service from ProQuest) and our websites for articles, books, videos, journals, digital collections and webpages. The top results are all displayed on one page.

    This unified approach to displaying and segmenting search results is commonly referred to as the “Bento Box” method, because of its resemblance to the popular and often elaborately prepared Japanese lunch boxes. It is designed to provide a quick, easy, and more intuitive way to find the information you need:

    • Articles from journals and magazines are presented in the left column, as well as matching journal titles.
    • Print and electronic resources such as books, music, movies and more are presented in the center column, pulled from our library catalog.
    • The right column presents results from our websites, databases and other suggested searches.

    Our new search box is based on the examples and research[1] [2] [3]of other top academic libraries including NCSU[4], UNC-CH, Duke[5], Princeton, Cornell[6] and others[7] that have adopted this type of search box and display of search results.

     

     

    Updated Article Searching

    We have also switched our aggregated article searching from WorldCat Local to Summon for a better searching and linking experience. Visit our Summon Help page for more information, or watch this tutorial.

    Tell us what you think!

    Try a search and give us your feedback!

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  • Posted: April 15, 2015

    You spoke, and we listened! Starting in mid-May after the semester ends, the primary search box on our homepage will present your top results in categories organized by format, with links to dive deeper into your results.

    Starting now you can try it out in a “beta release”: http://library.uncw.edu/search_randall and give us your feedback!

    The new version of Randall’s Library primary search box searches across multiple systems, including the Library Catalog, Summon (our new aggregated search service from ProQuest) and our websites for articles, books, videos, journals, digital collections and webpages. The top results are all displayed on one page.

    This unified approach to displaying and segmenting search results is commonly referred to as the “Bento Box” method, because of its resemblance to the popular and often elaborately prepared Japanese lunch boxes. It is designed to provide a quick, easy, and more intuitive way to find the information you need:

    • Articles from journals and magazines are presented in the left column, as well as matching journal titles.
    • Print and electronic resources such as books, music, movies and more are presented in the center column, pulled from our library catalog.
    • The right column presents results from our websites, databases and other suggested searches.

    Our new search box is based on the examples and research[1] [2] [3]of other top academic libraries including NCSU[4], UNC-CH, Duke[5], Princeton, Cornell[6] and others[7] that have adopted this type of search box and display of search results.

    Updated Article Searching

    We have also switched our aggregated article searching from WorldCat Local to Summon for a better searching and linking experience. Visit our Summon Help page for more information, or watch this tutorial (COMING SOON).

    Faculty & Instructors

    We will be holding two focus groups to get your input on Monday April 27 and Tuesday April 28th, both from 2-3pm in RL#1039. Please RSVP by Friday April 24th to Laura Wiegand (wiegandl [at] uncw.edu). Refreshments will be provided.

    Students

    Stop by Randall Library #1022 on Monday April 27th anytime between 3 - 5pm to try it out and give us your feedback in exchange for snacks and vouchers for coffee!

    Try it out

    Try a search http://library.uncw.edu/search_randall and give us your feedback!

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