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Library Newsletter, Spring 2013



Photo of students studying in Argo Tea

Students studying in Argo Tea, on Snell Library's first floor. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

A New Catalog and More

The impact of the Internet and the electronic research environment has been widespread in higher education, and certainly libraries are no exception. Previous library management systems and catalogs were designed before the existence of online resources such as e-journals, e-books, and digital archival collections, and they are no longer adequate to handle new formats and new modes of delivery of information.

As a result, the University Libraries are right now in the process of transitioning away from a 20-year-old legacy system called Millennium and implementing Alma, a new library management system, and its corresponding public catalog search and discovery tool. When they come online in July, these new systems will allow better search and discovery results for library users, and more efficient addition and processing of collections and resources for the library. As an early adopter of Alma, Northeastern joins the ranks of other major research libraries including Princeton, Purdue, Boston College, Boston University, and more universities in the US and worldwide. 

The benefits of moving to Alma are numerous, but there are a number of changes to be expected from such a major transition. These include a new way of searching the library catalog and other resources, a shift in interlibrary loan services, and some other anticipated changes detailed below. For each of the major changes, and throughout this process, the library is committed to providing full support for our users.

We understand that any change can be disruptive and appreciate your patience as we implement these new systems to improve our service and access to research materials for the Northeastern community. Please do not hesitate to contact members of the library staff or administration for help or with important feedback. Your subject librarian is your first point of contact for any questions or concerns. 

A New NUCat

The most visible change following from this transition is that the legacy library catalog, NUCat, will be replaced with a more powerful, efficient, and comprehensive search. The new search system will include all of the collections indexed by NUCat, with the option to search more, including journal articles and digital materials. Read more about the catalog search transition. 

Replacing NExpress

As of April 12, 2013, the NExpress interlibrary loan services are no longer available for borrowing materials from other libraries. The library is instead offering broad access and fast delivery through our other interlibrary loan services, WorldCat Local and ILLiad. Read more about interlibrary loan changes.

A New Login System

In partnership with campus Information Services, the library is putting in place a new authentication system for off-campus access to online library resources. This change should not result in any major disruptions but instead make signing in easier for users. Links and bookmarks to library resources may need to be updated, however. Read more about the new login system.


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