The Quicksearch project is going to roll out over the course of the next year in several phases. We will post more detailed schedule information about later phases of the project as it becomes available.
Here is an outline of our major goals right now:
Summer-Early Fall 2014
Summer has been a very busy time for the Quicksearch project! We are focused on two major aspects of development. First, we are working on getting catalog content into Quicksearch and displaying it correctly. Specifically, we are finalizing the custom programs written to extract records from Orbis and Morris, and load them into the new Quicksearch interface. Records from the two different library management systems will load using a normalized mapping scheme created by the Discovery and Systems Metadata group, so they are indexed in the same way- despite differences in cataloging practice between the two systems.
Second, we are working on some significant interface changes. A complete re-design of the interface is underway, introducing a new, clean look with modern fonts and the Yale Library brand. We are also focusing heavily on the dynamic display of item statuses in the search results list, so each item in the search results list will indicate whether it is checked out or available. Finally, we are working to implement the recommendations of the Discovery & Systems Metadata committee for the display of fields and sub-fields in the individual record title views.
YULIB Staff Rollout: The Quicksearch interface will be rolled out for early review by YUL staff. We look forward to getting your feedback!
Late Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
BETA Public Rollout: Quicksearch will be rolled out for preview by faculty, students, and staff. Close to the Beta release, we are planning to host information sessions for public services staff to highlight features and answer any questions. Note that Orbis will still be the primary library catalog interface. New features, and any bug fixes, will become available as they are completed.
Production Rollout of Quicksearch: Quicksearch becomes the primary catalog interface. Orbis remains up and running, but will stay in the background.