By Hazel M Ingrey, on 28 August 2018
In addition to the Moodle and module code changes, UCL library also has some upgrades this summer.
As mentioned in an earlier post, a new Explore interface was soft-launched in autumn 2017. On Monday 10th September 2018 this will become the only Explore search and the ‘Classic Explore’ will be retired. The underlying library catalogue is also being migrated to newer software.
What does this mean for ReadingLists@UCL?
When bookmarking paper books and journals from the UCL catalogue, please continue to use the Classic Explore catalogue, which looks like this (click to enlarge):
ReadingLists@UCL can only interact with one catalogue interface, so until the 10th September the reading lists will continue to work optimally with Classic Explore. On the 10th September Classic Explore will be retired and ReadingLits@UCL will have its settings changed to work with the new Explore.
This does not affect e-resources: you can bookmark as usual from e-journals, e-books, TV and film resources, and more.
How will I know when to use the new Explore?
The new look Explore will become the only version of Explore on 10th September. It looks like this:
Are there any other changes?
The SFX@UCL button found on some electronic resources will be re-named, as the underlying software has changed. The new ‘FindIt@UCL’ button will work in the same way, leading you to the online resource.
As part of the migration there will be a circulation freeze from 5th-10th September. This means the ‘Availability’ information on Explore might not be correct; this only affects physical books and journals that can be borrowed from the library. Availability information is also shown in online reading lists so students and staff should be wary of this; you can ask your site library staff about book availability.
Reading lists can usually be found in the Explore catalogue, however as they are listed under their former module codes, and are in the process of having their module codes updated, the information is out of date. We have decided to remove this information until all lists have a new module code, when we will add them back into the catalogue.
For more details on this Explore upgrade, including updates about outages, please see the UCL Library news webpage.