Later this semester the library will be launching Omni, a new set of search tools for finding and accessing books, articles, and other materials in our collection.
Omni will be available from the library web site in January, 2020.
Omni will replace the existing search interface, the catalogue, as well as our listing of journals and databases.
Ares (course reserves) and RACER (interlibrary loan) will not be changing as part of this upgrade.
While we are working to minimize the disruption caused by this upgrade, we are expecting that we will need to make a few temporary changes to library services in the weeks leading up to the launch. We'll provide more information on those changes, as well as a more comprehensive overview of all the changes the new system will bring, in our next update.
We are also planning a series of information sessions for faculty during the fall break (October 21-25). Details on those sessions will be made available shortly as well.
This project is part of Collaborative Futures, a new consortium of 14 universities in Ontario that are working together to implement a shared library services platform. The goal of this consortium is to improve services and to facilitate access to collections held in university libraries across the province. To learn more, see Collaborative Futures (Ontario Council of University Libraries).
If you have any questions, please contact Edward Bilodeau.
Note: This post was updated to include the name of the new library search tool, Omni, that was announced on October 30.