“What’s in a name?” competition now closed

Entries are now closed for the “What’s in a name?” competition to help the Library name the new Discovery service. Any entries received now will not be counted.

We’ve had a fantastic response to this competition and as of next week will start to go through the entries so a shortlist can be drawn up. This shortlist will be chosen by a panel made up of library staff, academic staff and students. The Director of Library & University Collections will decide on the winner and their decision will be final. The winner will be notified by email and will receive £50 worth of book tokens.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to enter the competition. Keep an eye on our Library Discovery blog to find out the winning name.

Discover the Library’s collections

Did you know that University of Edinburgh Library has?

  • 3.5 million books
  • 40,000+ e-journals
  • 360,000+ e-books

Incredible, isn’t it? What’s more did you know that you have access to it all for your study and research?

East_Asian_books_3rd_floorAt the moment, you can use the Library Catalogue and Searcher to help you find resources from the collections.

When it’s launched in the summer, the new Discovery service will help you find the resources you were looking for more easily and discover resources you didn’t even know existed!

Win £50 book token!

The Library is currently running a competition to name the new Discovery service. Open to all staff and students at University of Edinburgh the winner will receive £50 worth of book tokens.

To find out more about the competition and how to enter see:

What’s in a name? Help us decide.

What’s in a name? Help us decide.

This summer the Library will be launching an exciting new discovery service and we want you to help us choose a name for this!

This new “library search” will combine the functionality of the Library Catalogue and Searcher into one single search tool helping you to find all the resources you need from one search box. No more confusion!

The Library will be using Ex Libris’ Primo for the new discovery service but “Primo” is just the product name. We want you to help us come up with a name for the discovery service for our Library.

If your suggested name is chosen you will win £50 worth of book tokens.

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New Library Discovery Service

This summer the Library will be launching an exciting new Discovery Service.

This new “library search” will combine the functionality of the Library Catalogue and Searcher into one single search tool and help you quickly and easily search across many of our collections (both in print and online) for your research and studies.

Book shelving on the re-developed 4th floor of the Main Library, February 2012.

Why are we making this change?

The current Library system has been in place for 16 years! It was designed to deal primarily with print-collections, like books and print journals. Over 80 % of the library materials budget is now spent on online resources and the Library has an e-preference policy which means we buy electronic resources if available.

The Library needs to upgrade to a system with strong capabilities in resource discovery and management in order to give student and staff the best possible research experience and for the Library to be equipped for the future.

Library Catalogue? Searcher? E-journals list?.. Confused?
We’ve also been listening to feedback from you. We know many of you find it confusing to know what search tool you should be using to find resources in the Library. Library Catalogue? Searcher? E-journals list? How can you be confident you will find the material you require?

Having one search tool should stop this confusion and help you to easily discover the resources you need for your study and research.

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