PALSdiscover: Web Scale Discovery combined with your local library catalog
PALSdiscover integrates web-scale discovery with local discovery using "channeling". Results display in columns or "channels". One channel displays search results from the library catalog, while a second column displays results from your choice of web-scale discovery services. Search Results can be viewed in both columns at once or can be focused on one column or the other to narrow the results using facets and other special features each channel provides.
Experience Web Scale Discovery the PALS way!
- MnPALS libraries throughout the state of Minnesota use PALSdiscover. PALS implements the open source VuFind software to overlay and allow searching of both the library’s Aleph library catalog along with the resources available through the Summon Web Scale Discovery service.
- The Bridge Consortium (Carlton College and St. Olaf College in Northfield MN): PALS uses the Open Source VuFind software as an overlay to integrate their local Innovative Interfaces (III) library catalog and Summon Web Scale Discovery resources.
Local Discovery using MnPALS Plus
Online public access catalogs can be difficult for users to use effectively. MnPALS Plus provides a more satisfying search experience with a sleek interface, fast response time, faceted searching, book covers, and author biographies.
MnPALS Plus uses a version of the open source Vufind software to enhance the user's library catalog experience, including searching from mobile devices! Try it with your mobile device using the link above or to see the mobile interface on your desktop, go to: https://mplus.mnpals.net/vufind/?ui=mobile.
If your current library catalog lacks features that leave your users frustrated, contact PALS to see if we can create a Vufind-based overlay for your library catalog!
Adding E-books and other digital resources to your MnPALS Plus library catalog
PALS offers discovery and access for digital resource sets by maintaining these resources for you, relieving your library staff of having to maintain the records in your local catalog.
As part of this service, PALS loads complete sets of records for digital resources into MnPALS Plus and creates unique URLs for each library as needed for authentication, adding proxy strings and/or account information as required. These record sets will be kept up-to-date by PALS and will not be loaded into Aleph unless needed for inclusion in commercial discovery systems.
Click here for more information about the Digital Set Service.