At end of the 2017 school year, the school made the decision to fund a new Library Management System. I had recommended three cloud based systems and based on my SCIS experience arranged for a demonstration from Infiniti on the basis of, ifthis was not the system for us we would spend further time evaluating the other two systems.
Happily all went well and we acted fast in securing an end of term changeover which involved moving the database to the new system. Supported by an excellent team we have been operating the circulation system since the third day back at school. We have one more webinar session and then we switch on the full system. In the meantime we are handling our borrower changeover and working to clean up the data to enable a cleaner version of the catalogue and of search results.
We will now be able to offer the school a cloud based landing page with federated search facilities which students can access via Compass our LearningMangement System thus providing 24/7 access to the collection. Our task is to make our online space as attractive as our physical space.
We are very conscious of the opportunity this gives us right now to work with faculties and introduce the new access to the library and emphasise our Libguides to students and of course staff.
Here is a new search engine featured on OZTL
In my early investigations, as I prepare a unit on Digital Tattoos (a term I picked up during my recent Personal Learning Network online course – GO State Library of Victoria!), I have looked at the search engine DuckDuckGo. I have learnt about search leakage, search bubbles (and filtering) and search tracking. This search engine does none of those things and you’ll notice its URL begins with an HTTPS (emphasis on the ‘S’).
It looks and feels clean, it seems to provide useful hits and when I emailed a suggestion to them a couple of weeks ago I received an Actual Response that sounded like it came from a human being. (My gentle complaint to them was that their logos – a la Google – do not offer one female example. I feel it is incumbent on me now to offer them some stunning options around which they can create some balance. Especially now.) I’m making an effort to use it more so I can confidently demonstrate it to my students and show them the straightforward tutorials offered when you click on the word “anonymously”.
I commend this search engine to you!
Regarding Duck Duck Go –
A fabulous search engine, which is very secure, Duck Duck Go has another fantastic feature – the Bang!
Placing an exclamation mark (known as the bang) and the initial letter of major websites takes you directly there and provides a secure search – e.g.
!g dogs will instantly bring up a search on Google for dogs. !yt is for YouTube, !a is for Amazon etc…
Another great reason to use Duck Duck Go!