You asked: There are several things I liked about the old catalog that aren't in the new one:
1. Our own collections should be the default for searches.
Irma says: There are two ways you can limit your search to the UNCG Libraries. One is to click on "catalog" in the red box on the Libraries home page before entering a search. Another is to go to the advanced search and limit your search to UNCG Libraries.
2. Searching for a specific title can bring up too many hits.
Irma says: Probably the best way to do this is to use the advanced search and use the drop down menus to limit to a title search. Putting quotes ("") around the title helps, too.
3. It doesn't show the floor where the book is shelved.
Irma says: That was a great feature in the old catalog. We hope we can add that later. But take a look in the upper left hand corner of the catalog page that says "UNCG University Libraries." There's a drop down menu that includes a "locations of materials" page that has a floor guide.
4. We can't request holds for items checked out.
Irma says: This feature should be added back very soon. Look for publicity! You may also request an Interlibrary Loan for any item that's checked out.
More from Irma:
We decided to move to this new system in order to provide broader and deeper
discoverability of information. It provides "Google" like searching of books, articles, archives and much more
from libraries across the globe so that researchers may find a variety of materials in one
place. Another driver for our decision was
the fact that our old catalog was very outdated and no longer supported
by the vendor. We will continue to make improvements in the system. This guide provides lots of helpful information for using the new catalog and our staff is available by phone, text, chat or in person.