Quicksearch Upgrade Completed

Quicksearch was successfully upgraded on September 6, 2017!

The upgrade included two major new features: Advanced Search and the new Database list. Several small but useful new features were also added. Here are a few new features that you may not have noticed yet:

  • Hathi Trust links to digital versions of titles in Orbis or Morris are now available. The link text indicates whether full text is available or if Hathi only provides access to a citation. The Hathi display also includes information about the institution that owns the original. See the screenshot below or view an example in Quicksearch.

Hathi Trust links to digital versions of titles in Orbis or Morris are now available.

  • You can now click on Local Subject headings to find like titles, just as you can with LCSH and MESH headings.

• You can now click on Local Subject headings to find like titles

  • You can also search sub-collections in a single location using Advanced Search. Choose one Location in the “Limit results by section,” then select “Location” from the drop-down menu next to the search box on the right. NOTE: You will need to know the sub-collection name in order for this to work. For example:

  • The upgrade also includes an easily accessible, stable link to the individual record in the ‘Bookmark As’ field, making it easier to share a direct link to a record with colleagues, students, faculty, and researchers. Look for this stable link at the bottom of each Books+ record.

• The upgrade also includes an easily accessible, stable link to individual record in the Bookmark As field


  • Numbered results makes it easier to discuss a result page with colleagues or patrons. Check boxes for emailing results or adding citations to your Saved list have been moved to the left next to result numbers in order to enhance usability.

• Numbered results makes it easier to discuss a result page with colleagues or patrons.


The Quicksearch Advisory Group would like to hear what you think about these and other new features in the upgrade.  We’d like to hear any and all feedback, including bug reports and change suggestions.

Thanks again to all of the people who helped with the upgrade, particularly the members of the Quicksearch Technical Implementation Team and the Quicksearch Advisory Group.

Suzanne Lovejoy and Kalee Sprague, co-chairs of the Quicksearch Advisory Group

Quicksearch Advisory Group members: Lori Bronars, Ellen Cordes, Gwyneth Crowley, Moira Fitzgerald, Lindsay King, Colin McCaffrey, John Nann, Youn Noh, Angela Sidman, Tim Young

News from Library IT

Library IT has two service updates rolling out this September!

New Quicksearch Features

Wednesday, September 6 we will begin the rollout of new Quicksearch features, which will include the Books+ Advanced Search, Database A-Z list, and HathiTrust link features, as well as many smaller improvements.

During the day on Wednesday, users will not be able to log into Quicksearch while we upgrade our software. Quicksearch will still be available for Search and Discovery of Orbis, Morris, Articles+, and Digital Collections. Library IT will send out an announcement to Yulib when the upgrade is complete, and full service is once more available on Quicksearch.

The Quicksearch upgrade has been a complex, collaborative project involving nine Library IT staff, the Quicksearch Advisory Group, and other staff from around the Library system. Numerous staff have helped with testing, contributed to the creation of requirements, and participated in training and information sessions like Advanced SearchFest in August.

If you have any questions or feedback on these features, please contact
Suzanne Lovejoy at suzanne.lovejoy@yale.edu and Kalee Sprague at kalee.sprague@yale.edu

 Zoom Training for the Phase One

We are excited to announce we are launching Zoom as our new video and webconferencing tool! We selected Zoom for their ease of use, video & audio quality not to mention their ability for cross-platform support.  Those staff members who were identified as being part of Phase One will be able to attend one of the following Zoom training sessions.

Scheduled Sessions:

  • Thursday Sept. 7, 3-4pm at 344 Winchester in B147   
  • Monday Sept. 11, 11am-12pm at SML International Room 177  
  • Thursday Sept. 14, 2-3pm at 344 Winchester B147

If you have any questions, please contact Reon Keller,  reon.keller@yale.edu.

New Quicksearch Advisory Group

The Quicksearch Advisory Group was formed this July to guide and promote the ongoing operation and development of Quicksearch.  The group will act on behalf of all Quicksearch stakeholders by defining and prioritizing the ongoing development, configuration, integration, and support of this important service.

Committee members include: Gwenyth Crowley, Ellen Cordes, Moira Fitzgerald, Emily Horning, Jordan Jefferson, Suzanne Lovejoy (co-chair), Youn Noh, Danielle Ray, Angela Sidman, Laura Sider, and Kalee Sprague (co-chair).

Minutes for our meetings will be posted on the Quicksearch blog at http://campuspress.yale.edu/libraryunifiedsearch.

Everyone is welcome to contact the committee with feedback, either by contacting committee members directly,  or through the ‘Feedback’ link in the Quicksearch header and footer.


LIT and partners Tech Talk | Wednesday July 20th 2016

On Wednesday July 20th, from 3pm-4pm in Bass L01, join Library IT and partners in our monthly discussion of tech-related projects around the Library and beyond.

Our agenda includes:

  • Avalon for Music Library (Cindy Greenspun and Jonathan Manton)
  • Desktop video conferencing pilot (Beatrice Richardson)
  • Quicksearch enhancements, integrations, upgrades (Kalee Sprague)
  • LIT service overview documentation (Ray Frohlich)

For those who cannot join us in person, the session will be streamed via Adobe Connect:

http://greet.yale.edu/littechtalk/ [sign in as a guest]

Slides and recordings of the Tech Talk sessions will be archived in https://yale.box.com/LITTechTalkArchives 

See you there!

Library IT cross-training Internship comes to a close

Jason Eiseman, Head of Technology at the Lillian Goldman Law Library, recently completed a cross-training Internship with Library IT.

The two-part focus of the internship was to learn more about the Quicksearch project, and more about how Library IT does its work in general.

The cross-training experience was a great success. 

Jason worked on making a number of links in Quicksearch open in new windows, updated a MARC analysis spreadsheet and improved MARC tag mapping in Quicksearch, and assisted in checking and enhancing some of the Quicksearch documentation.  Most importantly, he  developed a new Rails app that improved the connection between Quicksearch and the law library’s MORRIS catalog.

If you would like more information, Jason will be doing a presentation on his internship at the Tech Talk on August 17th.

It was a pleasure for all of us to work with Jason, and we look forward to collaborating with him in the future!

Findit Digital Collections now in Quicksearch

The Quicksearch Implementation team  and Library IT are happy to announce that collections from the Findit digital repository are now available in Quicksearch!

You can view digital collections in Quicksearch by going to the library front door at http://web.library.yale.edu, or directly to the Quicksearch main page at http://search.library.yale.edu, and searching for a term like “Andy Warhol”.

Three result bento boxes now display, Books+, Articles+, and Digital Collections.

Clicking on the “See xxx results” link in the Digital Collections bento box, or the “Digital Collections” facet in the left hand menu, will bring you to the full Digital Collections page.  The Digital Collections page provides facets that match the facet functionality in Findit.  Clicking on a title link will bring you into the Findit interface.


Library IT Tech Talk scheduled for Wednesday March 16th

The LIT Tech talk for March starts Wednesday from 3-4:15pm in Bass L01.

The agenda is a follows:

  • Spotlight on LIT staff: Workstation & Technology Services 
  • Sgi DMF Project (Bob Rice)
  • Electronic Resources at YUL (Angela Sidman)
  • III integration with Quicksearch (Yue Ji)

For those who cannot join us in person, the session will be streamed via Adobe Connect here:

http://greet.yale.edu/littechtalk/ [sign in as a guest]

Slides and recordings of the Tech Talk sessions will be archived here:


Questions, comments, or suggestions for future topics should be sent to Jenn Nolte (jennifer.nolte@yale.edu).

Quicksearch Live on the Library Front Door

Quicksearch is now the default search on the Library Front Door!

The unified search and discovery tool is now available as part of a new search box re-design at http://web.library.yale.edu.  Although Quicksearch is the default search, links to Orbis, Morris, and Articles+ are still prominent on the page.

In addition to going live on the Front Door, Quicksearch has an exciting new feature.  It is now possible to place Orbis, Morris, Scan and Deliver, and Aeon requests directly within the Quicksearch interface!  Request links for these individual services are available below the holdings location and call number information in individual title pages.  For an example, see http://search.library.yale.edu/catalog/8518891.

The roll out of Quicksearch on the front door represents a major milestone in the Quicksearch project.  Many thanks to everyone who has participated in the project to date, as part of a task force, testing group, implementation team, or by providing comments and feedback!


SearchFest! sessions for October and November

There will be two more SearchFest! sessions scheduled for the fall semester.

The goals of SearchFest!:

  • test out existing Orbis or Morris search strategies in our new unified discovery interface, Quicksearch.
  • demonstrate the features and functionality that are unique to Quicksearch
  • review the timeline for Quicksearch’s transition to production in January 2016
  • answer any questions from staff about how to use Quicksearch in either instruction or daily work

As with the first SearchFest!, there will also be pizza served at the beginning of each session.

To register for the October 8th session, click here.

To register for the November 17th session, click here.

See you at SearchFest!

YUL gets an updated interface for digital collections search and discovery

On Monday 9/21/2015, YUL’s digital collection discovery interface (findit.library.yale.edu) will go live with a new design modeled on the Quicksearch interface design. These coordinating designs let our users know that they are in the same Yale University Library web space and should expect similar functionality.

The new look and feel of digital collections search at YUL- main page (click the image to get a larger view):

Digital Collections Search look and feel


Search results in the new design:

Digital Collections Search look and feel - search results


There will also be a few new features in the digital collections search added on Monday. These include:


  • an Access Restrictions facet, to limit by either open or restricted accessNew feature: Access facet
  • a Repository facet, to limit to and search within a specific repository at YUL

New feature added: Repository facet

  • a Call Number facet, to limit to and search within call numbers assigned to items

New feature: call number facet


Another feature coming soon (but not on Monday) is a date slider with a histogram visualization, which gives users the ability to limit by date range and see the frequency of hits in a given year. To see an example of a feature like this used elsewhere, click on this search of Articles+ and look to the lower left to see the date range and histogram.

Coming soon: date range


As always, your feedback is welcomed and appreciated. Please use the feedback link on the bottom center of the digital collections search page (or just click here), and tell us your thoughts!