April 6, 2000. The electronic newsletter of the University Library, University of South Alabama, published irregularly as a service to the University Community.

The University Libraries have migrated from NOTIS/LUIS to a new integrated, client-server library system, the Endeavor/Voyager system, which includes a web-based catalog located at <http://southcat.southalabama.edu>. Your Netscape or Internet Explorer should be version 4 or higher. No additional software, such as TN3270, is required.

This web-based catalog enables us to provide easier ways to explore our holdings. From within a book record, if you click on author's name you will pull up other books written by the same author. Once within a record, if you click on a subject heading, those books with the same subject heading will be returned. A call number search takes you to a shelflist in which you can browse backward or forward through books with closely related call numbers.

Soon you will also find useful links from our catalog to an electronic version of a journal or to an electronic index that may includes full-text or full-page image of journal articles. Not all of these journals and indexes will be available off campus. It will take our catalogers time to load this information, but check these sample titles in SOUTHcat: Britannica Online, American Historical Review, and Applied Physics Letters to see how easy it will be. Clicking on the "Linked Resources" URL in the record takes you to the electronic version. We will be able to link to other web sites also. For example, search under the author "Crooms, Cicero" and click on the "Linked Resources" URL in the record. This will take you to related information on the USA Archives homepage.

The new circulation module allows you, as a faculty, staff, or student, to check your library account for a list of books you have checked out, to view any fees owed, and to renew, recall or place holds on books from your home or office. Your personal library account is accessed with your library card number (the numbers below the bar code) and your last name (exactly as it appears on USA records, including any JR or III).

Frankie Wiggins, a Sophomore in Allied Health was the first user of the new SOUTHcat in the University Library on March 9th.

If you have problems accessing your account, please call the Circulation Desk (460-7028 at the University Library and 460-7043 in Biomed). The circulation staff will answer your questions and solve any problems caused by the system migration.

We hope you are pleased with the new system. During the coming months we are looking forward to adding even more enhancements and will keep you informed.

Please call the Reference Desk (460-7025 in the University Library; 460-7044 in the Biomedical Library) if you have any questions about how to search the online catalog.

Mary Engebretson
mengebre@jaguar1.usouthal.edu
460-7025


SOUTHcat Plus
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To make comments or suggestions, or to get more information, call (334) 460-6045 or e-mail Jan Sauer.
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