Wiener Library Launches New Integrated Collections Catalogue
Since the Library moved to its new location in Russell Square in 2011, we have taken a number of steps towards improving access to our important collections, including the redevelopment of our website, a new digital resource, temporary exhibitions, an events series, and a strong social media presence. We are now proud to announce one of our greatest accomplishments towards this end – the launch of a new integrated online catalogue.
This new Collections Catalogue, developed together with Soutron, will replace our former Library, Archives, and Photo Catalogues, and allow our users to search across all of our collections in one system for the very first time. With one search, users will find relevant materials across a range of format types, including books, pamphlets, documents, photographs, serials and audio-visual materials.
With feedback gathered from our users over the past few years in mind, we have worked with Soutron to insure that this new system will address many of the frustrations experienced by our users as they searched and browsed for materials in our former catalogues. Some new features available to our users include the option to save and share searches and the ability to view collection records in a hierarchal tree, allowing users to explore each archival collection, series or item in context. A new Advanced Search page allows users to conduct a more detailed search than was previously possible, including searching across all of our collections by date and range of keywords.
We ask for your patience as we continue to develop and improve this new online catalogue. One of the most exciting new features we plan to enable shortly will allow our users to request items in advance of a visit to the Library. This functionality has been requested by many of our users over time and will facilitate better planning of trips to the Library, especially for those making a long journey.
As we work to improve this resource, we are keen to receive any feedback or questions you may have. You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by visiting us in the Reading Room, or by completing this short online survey.
The Library is grateful to the Foyle Foundation for their generous grant, which enabled us to develop this remarkable new resource.
Added: Monday 12th October, 2015