The following is an email sent on May 15th to faculty members teaching in the summer from Elizabeth Killingsworth, Director of Fondren Library:

Dear Faculty,

I am contacting you since you’re listed to teach a summer course during the SMU Libraries’ system migration on June 15th. The new system, Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo, will replace the 18-year old Voyager library system and the Discover SMU Libraries search. The new library search will provide an enhanced user experience through one simple search of all of the SMU Libraries’ collections.

What this means for you:

  • In the week leading up to migration on June 15th, you and your students will be able to search for library material (Books, DVDs, etc) and you can check-out/check-in materials throughout the migration, but information on availability may not be accurate.
  • On June 15th, when we “go live” you will see a new interface which will be more intuitive and user-friendly.
  • Course reserve material will migrate to the new system. If you have questions about access for the summer, contact your library.
  • Individual databases will not be impacted during the migration.

As with any major system migration, there may be a few unanticipated issues which arise. We ask for your patience and will communicate any changes during the transition on the Central University Libraries News website.

To learn more about the new library search, schedule an individual appointment or class library instruction session with your subject librarian, or visit the research help or circulation desks at any of the SMU Libraries.  I’m always happy to help as well, so if you have questions, please let me know. And if you have any feedback on the new system, I’d love to hear it.

Elizabeth Killingsworth
Director of Fondren Library
Head of Research Services
Central University Libraries
Southern Methodist University

 

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