MISSOULA – University of Montana students and faculty can now access the library holdings of 16 colleges and universities across the state through a single online search, following the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library’s successful migration to a new library system.
The new system is designed to not only support print materials, but also the majority of digital materials and resources the library purchases.
“This next-generation system presents a single location for users to discover both print and electronic materials with a simple, clear search interface,” said John Greer, the Mansfield Library’s head of technology and systems. “Users are now able to request materials owned by any participating library with just a few clicks and can search the full text of thousands of electronic materials right from the library home page.”
Starting last May, Greer led the major system implementation among academic libraries statewide. The implementation teams, with members from all participating libraries, wrapped up the process of data comparison, cleanups, data testing, system reconfiguration and migration in mid-December.
During winter break, library faculty and staff tested and navigated through the migrated data to ensure the system is ready for full use by UM faculty and students during spring semester. The library plans to use multiple venues to communicate the changes and new system features to ensure a smooth transition.
“Migrating to a new system like this is a huge undertaking, and we encourage feedback,” Greer said. “We will be continuously improving the system as we learn where adjustments are needed.”
“We have been working on this project for several years, from seeking the funds, issuing the RFP, choosing the vendor and implementing the new system,” said Shali Zhang, professor and dean of libraries at UM. “I am very happy to see that the new library system is in place now, which will offer better services to UM faculty and students in their discovery and learning.”