When your library has supplied an item on interlibrary loan the “Due date” display in MnPALS Aleph, MnPALS Plus and Aleph Circulation has been changed to display the date the item is due. This change was requested by the ILL User group.
Previously the “Due date” display was “In Transit/Sublibrary and the due date” for the item supplied on interlibrary loan. Some patrons found the in transit/sublibrary text to be confusing so that text was removed from the "Due date” display for items your library supplied on interlibrary loan.
Patrons are now empowered to view their account and place holds in the MnPALS Plus mobile interface! They can now:
View checked out items
Renew checked out items
In addition the Book Bag feature has been improved and users can now create multiple lists, select records from these lists, and print or email these selected records.
Some of the collections of digital sets have been added to +Mobile. These include Films on Demand, Credo Reference, and ebrary.
All this is the result of upgrading to VuFind version 1.2 and the SOLR database to version 3.5.
Patrons and librarians can look forward to more improvements in the future as PALS implements Interlibrary Loan and integrates additional collections of digital sets, such as Alexander Street Press and Oxford Reference into +Mobile. Watch this space for more exciting announcements!
The Bridge Consortium VuFind implementation was recently updated to VuFind Version 1.2. This update brought the software up to the latest release of VuFind. It also included a number of enhancements requested by the Bridge Consortium.
Improved displays for printing
Google Book Previews
Additional Note fields are displayed
Title medium is now displayed
New Collection facet
Additional MARC fields added to the Description display
New in MnPALS Plus is the addition of 5,223 records from the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library's Legislators Past and Present database. For more information on the records visit: http://www.leg.state.mn.us/legdb/dbinfo. These records can be currently found when searching the Legislative Reference Library records in MnPALS Plus. After doing a search you can limit to the "Legislators Past and Present" collection.
PALS partners with Northfield’s Bridge Consortium to provide user-friendly search experience for college students
PALS is taking innovative steps to improve the student research experience at Carleton College and St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN with a new overlay for the colleges’ shared library catalog. This fall, PALS signed a contract with the Bridge Consortium to host, customize, and support a VuFind overlay for their library catalog. This new interface makes library collections more visible and attractive to today’s web users while using the consortium’s current underlying Integrated Library System from Innovative Interfaces, Inc. VuFind provides a clean interface with faceted searching and includes social networking features such as tagging and user comments.