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CISC 310 - Professor Hayes (Fall 2019): Technology in the Library

The Library Website

The library homepage is how you access all of the resources on this page! However, many of the technology processes happen behind the scenes and/or at the district or college level, rather than at the local library level.

The ARC library (and college website) is managed in the content management system Ingeniux.

Library Systems Platform (LSP)

The Library will be implementing a new Library Systems Platform (LSP) for Spring semester 2020.

What is the LSP?

The Library uses an enterprise software platform to manage a large number of activities and resources. This software allows us to maintain our catalog of books and other items, circulate items (check-outs, check-ins, renewals), track purchases, analyze use of the collection, and calculate and track fines. The four Los Rios Libraries share this system.

In addition, the Library provides a front-end search engine that allows users to find local items and database content.

For our back-end, we currently use Sierra, from Innovative Interfaces, Inc., and for our search system, we use EBSCO Discovery Service, which we have branded as OneSearch.

Why is the system changing?

In 2017, legislation was passed to support the implementation of a single cloud-based LSP across the California Community College system. In all, 110 of the 114 California Community Colleges are participating.

What system are we implementing?

The products are: Alma (back-end) and Primo VE (front-end). Both are provided by Ex Libris, a subsidiary of ProQuest. Alma and Primo are currently in use at a large number of colleges and universities, including the entire CSU system.

What are the advantages?

Alma/Primo is the most advanced LSP currently on the market. We believe it will help us improve the delivery of library collections and services across the board. The system offers increased automation and greater flexibility in configuring and analyzing library processes.

In addition, adopting this LSP as a system allows CCC libraries to support each other as we optimize our systems. And adopting a system so widely used in academic libraries allows us to benefit from the work those libraries have already put in to improving their users’ experiences. And students who transfer will be able to build on their research skills without needing to learn a new system.

What are the challenges?

Adopting a new system can be rocky at first, both for staff and for end-users. While we are optimistic about the future, we will be learning quickly in the first few months. In addition, we have spent the last five years incrementally improving OneSearch. As we launch Primo and assess the user experience, we fully expect to discover areas for improvement.

Teaching and Learning Tools

  • Research Guides ‚Äč- Like this one! (use system called LibGuides)
  • Videos on the library website
  • Library Computer Lab - Largest computer lab on campus, with 70 computers. Basic software such as Microsoft Suite and Adobe. One of the first labs on campus to implement Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Laptop Checkouts
  • LibCal for booking Research Appointments - see Research Appointments link/button.

Research Appointments

Research Appointments