One of our colleagues recently rediscovered this fantastic invitation card for the launch of the Library’s first online library catalogue. It dates back to 1985.
The invitation card for the launch of EULOGIA, 1985
The system was named ‘EULOGIA’ (‘Edinburgh University On-line for General Information Access’).
‘Eulogia’ comes from the Greek for ‘blessing’ – and it most certainly was for both users and staff, as a beginning for the move away from card catalogues. Many of our colleagues, who were here at the time, recall this as a revolutionary moment and had great fondness for the system.
Of course, we are feeling blessed again 30 years on at the launch of our new system, ‘DiscoverEd’, which is available now.
Laura Shanahan Head of Collections Development and Access
With thanks to Richard Battersby, Head of Library Academic Support, for sharing this little piece of history.
However, we would recommend signing in to DiscoverEd before performing any searches. This will ensure that you will have access to a fuller range of options including, requesting books that are on loan, requesting items from the Library Annexe, saving items to your e-Shelf and saving searches (queries).
How do I sign into DiscoverEd?
If you are a member of the University then click on UoE member at top right-hand side and sign in with your EASE username and password. Continue reading →
You can also search and access DiscoverEd directly from the search box on the Library homepage (www.ed.ac.uk/is/library). And you can access it via the Library tab on MyEd.
DiscoverEd can be searched via the DiscoverEd search points pcs (formerly Library Catalogue machines) in all Library sites. Please note if using DiscoverEd on these machines you cannot sign in and the search is limited to our local collections i.e. books, journal titles, DVDs, etc. See Using DiscoverEd Search Points.
Have you been saving your search results in the Library Catalogue? If so you will need to export the references you wish to keep before the Catalogue goes into read-only mode on 24th June 2015.
Both the Library Catalogue and Searcher are being replaced by DiscoverEd soon. In preparation for this the Library Catalogue must go into a read-only mode on 24th June 2015. If you have been saving search results into your My List in the Catalogue you must export any you wish to keep before the Catalogue becomes read-only.
To find out what you can do and more information please see the previous blog post:
Have you been saving your search results in the Library Catalogue? If so you will need to look at exporting the references you wish to keep before the University loses access to the Library Catalogue.
In the Library Catalogue you can save results into your “My List” so you can go back to them at a later date if required.
Start making plans now
As the Library Catalogue is being replaced by DiscoverEd you will need to start making plans for exporting those references that you need from the Catalogue to ensure you don’t lose them. The Library Catalogue will become read-only as of 5pm (BST), Wednesday 24th June 2015, so you must export any references you want to keep before this time. Continue reading →