Beta Website Launched

The University of Miami Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of the beta  library web site [http://beta.library.miami.edu ] and catalog  [http://ibisweb.miami.edu:2082].

The new sites are the result of usability testing, focus groups, faculty interviews, and user surveys. The beta library site features more prominent search options providing quick, convenient access to core library information. Other features include quick links to frequently used services and resources, audience level pages to easily access library information important to students, faculty, and visitors, and a fresh new look. The new catalog includes the ability to send a text from within a record as well view Google Book Previews of titles where available.

Both the beta library site and beta catalog will run in parallel with the current sites to give everyone a chance to familiarize themselves with the new organization and provide feedback for improvements.  Users can switch back and forth via links to and from the beta sites in the upper banner.

Please be sure to click on the feedback link in the upper banner to let us know what you think!

Beta Home Page Features

Beta Catalog Features


Beta Home Page Features

The Beta Home page is divided into five distinct regions:

Beta Home Page Regions

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Banner

  1. Upper banner link to the current web site
  2. Link to feedback survey on the beta website.   Please let us know how you like the site and if you have any suggestions for improvements
  3. Navigation bar – persists across site with quick links to Research/Library Services. ‘How Do I’ help information, and the Ask-A-Librarian service
  4. Site Search and display of Today’s Hours in Richter Library.  Click on “Additional Hours” to view hours in other libraries, check hours for additional days in the academic year, and view a color-coded PDF of Richter’s hours for 2011.
  5. ‘My Accounts” drop down menu offers quick links to log into:
    1. MyLibrary – to check for overdues, renew loans, manage hold requests, save searches, and more
    2. Blackboard – to view and use electronic course reserves
    3. ILLiad – to place and manage interlibrary loan requests
    4. Aeon – to place and manage special collection material requests
    5. MyUM – to access your personal UM portal page for a variety of services & information

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Spotlight & News

beta library spotlight slide show

6.  The Spotlight slide show automatically rotates slides of new or notable library collections, resources, services, and events.  Click on the image to view more information; click on the numeric slide selector to return to a specific slide.

7.   News & Events will display the top 4-5 postings from the Library News & Events Blog.  Click on a title or ‘More’ for additional information and news items.

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Search Tabs:   Articles & More | Books & More | E-Journals | UM Digital Collections | Subject Guides

beta library summon (articles and more) search tab

8. ‘Articles & More’ is the default search tab.  It uses the Summon search engine to search a significant portion of the Libraries licensed databases and journals, as well as materials from the library catalog and digital collection.

The sidebar on the right of each search tab will offer additional links to related resources, with a help link in the bottom right corner.

beta library catalog search tab

8. The ‘Books & More’ search tab offers a quick search of the Library Catalog.  Select the type of search you want from the drop down menu.

By default, the entire library catalog will be searched, but you can prelimit your search by format or collection by selecting one of the radio button options.

NOTE: The Libraries catalog does NOT search the Law and Medical Library collections.   Use the sidebar if you want to find materials owned by those libraries.

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beta library ejournal search tab

8. The ‘E-Journals’ search tab allows you to find e-journals licensed by the University using a title keyword  or ISSN search.   You can also browse by title if you aren’t sure of the exact wording.

You have two options for browsing by subject:   1) using broad subject categories; 2) using MESH/Medical Subject Headings.

NOTE: Do NOT search for article titles from the E-Journal search tab.   Use the ‘Articles & More’ search, or if you already have an article citation, use the sidebar link to ‘Citation Linker‘.

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beta library database search tab

8. The ‘Databases‘ search tab searches the library catalog for databases by name.    You can connect directly to the database from the search result, or view the database record for more information about the resource.

You can also browse an A-Z listing of database resources, as well as by subject and database type.    The Quick Links bar on the left provides one-click access to the most frequently used databases.

The sidebar provides links to the most recently added databases, as well as databases on trial which you can explore and let us know if you think we should purchase/license the resource.

NOTE: Do NOT search for article titles from the Databases tab.  Use the ‘Articles & More’ search instead, or the ‘Citation Linker’ service if you already have an article citation.

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beta library um digital collections search tab

8. The ‘UM Digital Collections’ search tab performs a keyword search for materials that have been digitized by the Libraries, chiefly from the Special Collections Department, the Cuban Heritage Collection, and the University Archives.

You may also browse the digital collections by  A-Z collection name, subject, and format.   The sidebar links to the UM Digital Initiatives site,  providing access to related resources, including online exhibits and finding aids from materials in the UM special collections.

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beta library subject guide search tab

8. The ‘Subject Guides’ tab provides a keyword search of subject, research, and course level guides created by the Subject Librarians.    These guides provide lists of recommended resources on a given topic, organized by sub-topic, format, date, etc.

You may also browse the subject guides by A-Z guide name or subject.

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Resources & Services

beta library services and resources

9.  Information For:  links to audience level guide pages providing an organized list of library resources and services of particular interest to a given audience.   The ‘Information For’ menu is accessible from all beta site pages.

10. Research Services: links to top library services.  The ‘View All’  option links to the Research Services guide page, providing an organized list of services and resources in support of research, teaching and learning.    The Research Services page can be accessed from the upper navigation bar from any beta site page.

11.  How Do I… :   links to frequently asked questions regarding library services and resources.  The ‘View All’ option links to the How Do I guide page, providing an organized list of responses to frequently asked questions, as well as information on how to find a variety of types of library materials.  The How Do I page can be accessed from the upper navigation bar from any beta site page.

12.  Quick Links: one-click direct links to the most frequently used/requested library resources.

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Footer

beta library footer

13.   Links to University of  Miami libraries  and special collections.

14.  Links to library administrative information, including policies, facilities, publications, and contacts.

15.  Links to provide feedback and stay in touch with the Libraries using various social media tools, including Facebook and Flickr.

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Beta Catalog Features

Catalog Home Page
Catalog Full Record Display
MyLibrary Account

The Beta Catalog home page is divided into three distinct regions:

  • Banner
  • Catalog Search
  • Footer

beta catalog home page features

Catalog Home Page

Banner

catalog banner

  1. Upper banner link to the current web site
  2. Link to feedback survey on the beta catalog.   Please let us know how you like the site and if you have any suggestions for improvements
  3. Site Search and display of Today’s Hours in Richter Library.  Click on “Additional Hours” to view hours in other libraries, check hours for additional days in the academic year, and view a color-coded PDF of Richter’s hours for 2011
  4. Navigation bar – persists across site with quick links to Research/Library Services. ‘How Do I’ help information, and the Ask-A-Librarian service
  5. ‘My Accounts” drop down menu offers quick links to log into:
    1. MyLibrary – to check for overdues, renew loans, manage hold requests, save searches, and more
    2. Blackboard – to view and use electronic course reserves
    3. ILLiad – to place and manage interlibrary loan requests
    4. Aeon – to place and manage special collection material requests
    5. MyUM – to access your personal UM portal page for a variety of services & information
  6. Catalog Navigation – links to Catalog Home and Help available from all catalog pages
  7. Print –  new print function to print on any catalog page

Catalog Search

beta library catalog search tab

The ‘Books & More’ search tab offers a quick search of the Library Catalog.  Select the type of search you want from the drop down menu.

By default, the entire library catalog will be searched, but you can prelimit your search by format or collection by selecting one of the radio button options.

NOTE: The Libraries catalog does NOT search the Law and Medical Library collections.   Use the sidebar if you want to find materials owned by those libraries.

Catalog Footer

beta library footer

13.   Links to University of  Miami libraries  and special collections.

14.   Links to library administrative information, including policies, facilities, publications, and contacts.

15.   Links to provide feedback and stay in touch with the Libraries using various social media tools, including Facebook and Flickr.

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Catalog Full Record Display

catalog full record display

  • Save to My Lists: Save this record to an existing list or create a new list.  ‘My Lists’ are associated with your MyLibrary account.  Click here for more information on the MyList feature.
  • Save to Export: Save this record for later export to email, RefWorks, etc.  Once you save a record for export, new options appear to Remove, Export, or Clear Saved Exports.
  • More Like This: Runs a new keyword search, using the subject terms from your original record
  • Browse Shelf: Runs a call number search, displaying the items on the shelf nearby your original record
  • Google Preview: Opens a new window/tab to the Google Book Preview page, allowing you to read portions of the text online.   This option appears only when the title or additional information is available from Google Book Search.
  • Send via Text Message:  Opens a pop-up window to send a text with the item location, title, and status.
  • Cite this item: Opens a window/tab to OCLC’s Cite This service, providing citations for the item in a variety of formats

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MyLibrary Account

catalogo my library account

1.   Check the address and email we have for you.  Make corrections to your address and email  in your MyUM account.

2.   Search the catalog from your patron record to be able to save your searches.

3. New options appear to indicate that you are logged into your MyLibrary account.  You can return to your record or Log Out from any page in the catalog.  Remember to protect your privacy and log out of your record if you are using a public computer.

4.   Features associated with your MyLibrary account (Click the links within your account to display the associated information in the center of the screen):

a.  Holds:  This lets you know if you have any Requests/Holds associated with your account.  Click here for more information on placing a Request/Hold.

b.   Items Currently Checked Out:  This shows how many items you have checked out.  You can renew items and/or check for overdues.   Click here for more information on renewing items.

c.    Preferred Searches: This is where you view your saved catalog searches.  You can mark saved searches to automatically receive a weekly email alert when the library acquires new materials that match your search.  Click here for more information on Saving Searches.

d.   Reading History: Opt into this service to automatically keep a record of materials you borrow.  This only works from the date on which you ‘opt in.’   You can delete your Reading History file at any time.   Click here for more information on Reading History.

e.    MyLists: This is where you view lists of titles that you have saved from your catalog searches.   This is a good place to save list of titles you might want to read in the future, or remember for some reason. Click here for more information on MyLists.

5.   Display Area:  When you first log into your account, the system displays information that may need your attention.  Fines or bills, if any exist, will display first [as shown in the example above]; Holds/Requests display next; followed by Items checked out.

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