This summer, all 23 of the California State University (CSU) library collections will be integrated into a new Library Discovery System called OneSearch.
The primary goal of this upgrade, led by the CSU Council of Library Deans (COLD), is to enrich the research experience of students while assisting faculty and staff in their scholarly and professional pursuits.
OneSearch features an intuitive, mobile-friendly interface that makes it easy to locate, cite, save, and share books, ebooks, ejournals, articles, and streaming video from CSU Libraries.
OneSearch includes CSU+, a new book-sharing system for the entire CSU. Through CSU+, students and faculty will not only have direct access to over 29 million books held by the CSU Libraries but will also be able to request books from any CSU campus, with delivery to the user’s home campus in 2-3 days.
“Many of the libraries are currently using catalogs that are over 20 years old,” said John Wenzler, chair of the COLD. “By migrating from these outdated systems, we can improve access for students, faculty, and staff, in a more user-friendly interface.”
Eva Sorrell, coordinator of Cataloging and ULMS project director for the Pfau Library, applauded the new system. “This is truly a revolutionary initiative that will transform academic libraries across the CSU,” she said. “OneSearch is a powerful tool that will significantly enhance access to materials, advancing research, discovery, and academic achievement while supporting timely graduation.”
Pfau Library dean and university librarian, Cesar Caballero, said that he is excited about CSU+, noting that it is a pivotal development in building equity through greater access to library resources system-wide.
Gerry Hanley, CSU’s assistant vice chancellor for Academic Technology Services, echoed his colleagues’ praise. “Our big and important goal,” he said, “is to support equity across all campuses so that all CSU students, faculty and staff have equally successful, innovative, and powerful library services for learning, teaching, and scholarly activities.”
The Pfau Library is scheduled to migrate to OneSearch in June 2017.