Big changes are in store for Willamette University. Starting in June 2013 the movement from 37 to one begins. We are moving with our Summit partner libraries from 37 stand-alone library systems to one shared system to improve the research experience for our students and faculty and to better manage our resources. The popular library system you have used to search for information and borrow library materials is being replaced by a new, improved user interface which will make it easier for you to find the information you need and get the items you are looking for both here at Willamette and through Summit.
Willamette University is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The Alliance is the engine behind Summit but it is not the only initiative on which the 37 libraries collaborate. As a group, we are working toward unlocking opportunities that will help us to build our collections as a single collection, share services and resources, and exploit new technologies. This move from 37 to one will help us achieve those goals. Better managing our resources and creating efficiencies in processes will enable staff to focus on value added activities that will benefit our users and our institutions.
Because this is a big migration from many systems to one, it will take 18 months to get all Alliance libraries up and running. In the meantime, you will experience a hybrid system, with many of the advantages of the new, next generation system and a few remnants of the old. All the benefits of the new system will become operational when the last group of libraries goes-live. Willamette is one of the first institutions to move to this new environment, so our services may be a bit bumpy during the transition. Information on how to use this new interface (including use of mobile apps) will be coming soon!
We appreciate your patience and good humor as we move to this better, easier to use library system.