We are in the process of moving with our Summit partner libraries from 37 stand-alone library systems to one shared system in order to improve the research experience for our students and faculty and to better manage resources. The library system you have used to search for information and borrow library materials is being replaced by a new, improved user interface which will make it easier for you to find the information you need and get the items you are looking for both here at PCC and through Summit.
A little background – PCC is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The Alliance is the engine behind Summit but it is not the only initiative on which the 37 libraries collaborate. As a group, we are working toward unlocking opportunities that will help us to build our collections as a single collection, share services and resources, and exploit new technologies. This move from 37 to one will help us achieve those goals. Better managing our resources and creating efficiencies in processes will enable staff to focus on value added activities that will benefit our users and our institutions.
Because this is a big migration from many systems to one, it will take 18 months to get all Alliance libraries up and running. During this time, you will experience a hybrid system, with many of the advantages of the new, next generation system and a few remnants of the old. All the benefits of the new system will become operational when the last group of libraries goes live. PCC is in the second cohort of libraries to make the move. Our move date is December 16, 2013. This page will provide updates about the move. Stay tuned for more news as we move forward!
We appreciate your patience and good humor as we move to this better, easier to use library system.