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K-State Today

July 15, 2015



K-State Libraries upgrades library system; changes will be finalized July 20

By Sarah McGreer Hoyt

K-State Libraries is moving to a new library system. Once the process is completed on July 20, records formerly accessed through the catalog interface will be retrieved through Search It, a cloud-based discovery tool.

Librarians will conduct Search It training from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 17, and 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19. Both sessions will be in 407 Hale Library. Check K-State Libraries' training schedule for updates and additional training sessions.

Search It allows researchers to access both K-State Libraries' holdings plus a vast number of articles, ebooks and more. Search It replaces the existing catalog interface.

"Search It is a one-stop search tool, simultaneously searching physical and online collections," K-State Libraries Dean Lori Goetsch said. "This is truly a next-generation library system. Results include both full text and citation records for millions of journal articles and electronic books."

While users do not have to log in to use Search It, logging in with a K-State eID and password unlocks additional search results and research tools. For example, those who do sign in will be able to

  • See how long both regularly circulating and reserve items can be checked out.
  • Renew checked-out items.
  • Store favorite search queries.
  • Keep track of favorite items on an eShelf.
  • Export item records directly to RefWorks and other citation managers.
  • Add tags to results to help others discover content.
  • Access additional K-State Libraries services, including interlibrary loan.

In addition to the trainings, librarians are always available by appointment to provide demonstrations or to answer questions. Ask a Librarian services are another way to receive Search It assistance.

"We want to make this transition as smooth as possible," said Sara Kearns, head of undergraduate and community services. 

In fact, Search It will be continually customized and improved based on patron needs. An online feedback form is available at the Libraries' website.

Visit the Search It research guide for additional information and tips.