Answered By: Chloe Lei
Last Updated: May 17, 2017     Views: 93

There are two major reasons for the Library changing to a new library system:

  1. By adopting a new system designed for the modern information environment, the Library will be able to provide patrons with an enhanced, more robust, and streamlined search experience.
  2. Over twenty years have passed since the installation of the old system. The vendor is no longer actively developing and updating the old system, making it increasingly obsolete over time. As it was designed at a time when libraries dealt primarily with print materials, the old system struggles to manage the rich array of e-resources that are now an essential part of the Library's collections. Changing to a new system is thus essential for the continued smooth operation of the University Library.

The Library is keenly aware that the unavoidable disruption to Library services during the system migration will cause inconvenience. However, we hope that our users will understand that this once-in-a-generation exercise will enable the Library to provide more and better services to the University community for many years to come.