Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3…

In the past week we have been given access to a test version of DiscoverEd and we are using this for some Usability Testing. A number of willing students, academic staff and library staff have and will be trying out some key tasks in DiscoverEd to help us gather feedback on what they like about the service and to identify any problems with the service that we can resolve before its launch in the summer.

This is a vital part of the project and we are very grateful to those staff and students who have volunteered to participate.

Do you want a sneak peak?



We are pleased to announce that the winning name for the University of Edinburgh Library’s new discovery service is DiscoverEd.

The first person to enter this name was Andy Todd and he received a £50 National Book token from Stuart Lewis, Head of Research and Learning Services and Acting Director of Library and University Collections. Congratulations to Andy!

andy todd winner

Andy Todd (left) and Stuart Lewis (right)

We received over 200 entries to the competition and we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all who took the time to enter.

DiscoverEd is coming soon – watch this space!

Find more about the new Library Discovery service.

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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