U of M Library Launches Google-like Search Engine University News
For release: September 2, 2008

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Now, it’s easier and faster than ever for the public to locate materials in the University Libraries at the University of Memphis.  “A ‘Google-ized’ search with ‘Amazon.com-like’ results” is how it’s characterized by those familiar with the new system, which is now in use throughout the U of M system of libraries.

The new tool, “Search@UMLibraries,” is prominently displayed on the Libraries’ main Web page, which is easily accessible via the “Libraries” link on the University’s main Web site, www.memphis.edu

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The result of a three-year collaboration between University Libraries and the U of M’s Division of Information Technology, the new system enables patrons to search various ways to find books, periodicals, and other print and electronic holdings in the library.  It will let users make their searches more specific, and it will offer the latest, most sophisticated research strategies.

Patrons can also see their personal library-use history, renew items online, and build personal reading lists.  The new system will also “push” important information out to users, such as reminders about materials they have checked out, including email notifications both before and after materials are due to be returned.

“This new system is a part of the ongoing development of the Library Commons,” said Dr. Ralph Faudree, University Provost.  The Library Commons is a section of the library where students have access to computers, group study areas, and other facilities for enhancing and expanding their classroom experience.

Faudree said “Search@UMLibraries” replaces a pre-Internet system formerly in use. “The new system will be expanded and refined in the months to come,” he said.  “It can be adapted to stay current with changes in information technology and University requirements.”

The system also provides a powerful tool for use by library personnel in the processing and maintenance of materials.  The new system will also be used in partnership with the University’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law library and with libraries at Jackson State Community College and LeMoyne-Owen College.

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