New Library Catalog Now Live: Search, Browse, and Discover with uSearch

For the past year, UM’s nine libraries have been collaborating on a merger and migration to a new library management platform and catalog/discovery tool in order to streamline access to the University’s millions of library holdings. The new catalog, known as uSearch, went live May 19, uniting three separate catalogs from across the Coral Gables, Miller School of Medicine, and Rosenstiel campuses.

The library-wide effort was first announced to the University community in February. “Faculty and students on all campuses will be very pleased to discover that, with one search, resources from across the University’s libraries will be displayed on their screen,” said Professor of Law Sally Wise, chair of the Faculty Senate Library & Information Resources Committee and director of the Law Library.

Library users can explore uSearch from an interdisciplinary access point or focus their searches through the uSearch portals of Medical and Law libraries, which have been customized with additional search settings specific to those subject areas.

What does this mean for library users?

  • One catalog: All resources from Law, Medical (Calder, Ophthalmology, and UMH Libraries), Interdisciplinary (Richter), and the subject specialty libraries (Architecture, Business, Marine & Atmospheric Science, and Music) will be available in one catalog.
  • One search: Users will now be able to search all locally digitized/created resources from a single search field. This search includes digitized content from our distinctive collections, institutional repositories, and UM electronic theses and dissertations.
  • One login: Users will have a single means of authentication for most library resources (CaneID).*

Additionally users can look forward to enhanced communications on borrowed materials, including courtesy notices in advance of an item’s due date and loan and check-in receipts.

What do users get by logging in to the system?

While anyone may browse the catalog as a guest, signing in to the system provides users with access to a suite of services that includes:

  • the ability to request and/or place a hold on library materials
  • customize search preferences
  • save customized searches
  • save articles and catalog entries
  • add notes
  • create folders
  • export information to bibliographic software
  • receive alerts when new items are added that fit one’s search parameters, topics of interest, etc.

NOTE: Due to publisher licensing restrictions, results from some databases (e.g., Web of Science) only display if users are logged in.

Need help?

Find search tips and guidance on the use of specific uSearch features for interdisciplinary, Medical, and Law libraries:

Feedback and questions

We welcome your feedback and are grateful for your patience during this implementation process.

*Interlibrary Loan services of the Law and Medical libraries will remain independently operated by their respective departments.

Miami Book Fair International

miamibookfair-logoGet ready to meet your favorite authors at this year’s Miami Book Fair International: The latest work of several of this year’s presenters, including titles by Anne Rice, Walter Isaacson, Barbara Ehrenreich, John Cleese, and John Waters, are available through Richter Library’s bestsellers collection or through UML’s e-book service, OverDrive. You’ll also find many of these authors’ earlier works in our catalog, such as Anne Rice’s vampire series (now on its eleventh installment, Prince Lestat).

To suggest additional titles for our bestsellers collection, use the “Recommend a Title” feature.

The following list highlights a few of the presentations scheduled for this year’s Miami Book Fair International. (Check the schedule for a full list of appearances and event details.)

Anne Rice | November 17
Prince Lestat
Now available on OverDrive
We will have the print book later this month.

Barbara Ehrenreich | November 19
Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything
Now available in print and on OverDrive.

Joyce Carol Oates | November 20
Lovely, Dark, Deep
Now available in print.

Walter Isaacson | November 22
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
Print version on order through Books & Books.

John Waters | November 22
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
Now available in print and OverDrive.

John Cleese | November 23
So, Anyway
Now available on OverDrive
Print version on order through Books & Books.

For updates on our bestseller and OverDrive collection as well as events at Richter Library follow us on twitter or instagram @askrichter.

Beta Website Launched

The University of Miami Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of the beta  library web site [ ] and catalog  [].

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!

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