October 3, 2014

Library system launches new catalog and printing system

The University library system switched up its catalog and printing services, toning up its offerings for the new academic year.

The new catalog, which went live August 20, displays the availability of a book or other library item on the same page as its call number, whereas Lens did not, according to E-Learning Librarian Julie Piacentin.

“With the new catalog, the status of the item is right on the search results page. With Lens, you had to click through—for an undergraduate working on a tight deadline, time matters, and the new catalog is more efficient,” Piacentine said.

Lens, the library’s previous online catalog, had been in existence since at least 2011, according to Piacentine. The contracting service that manages printing, a service concentrated in the library system, has also recently changed hands.

On August 11, the University hired Proven Business Systems, an Illinois-based printing company, to manage University-wide printing services. Proven replaced Canon USA as the University’s contracted printing service, according to Rachel Rosenberg, director of library communications.

Rosenberg also said that students will not face an increase in printing prices for 2014–2015. However, money can now only be added to a UCID online.