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QuickSearch Focus Groups

Posted on February 11, 2013



by Molli Channell

In our continuing effort to link students with information, the JTCC libraries are holding focus groups on a new library discovery tool, QuickSearch.  Gone are the days of searching the library catalog followed by endless article databases; with QuickSearch, library resources are integrated into one, easy-to-use interface that allows users to search for books, academic journals and films all at the same time.

Discovery tools like QuickSearch are the new wave in library resources.  QuickSearch is also known as PRIMO and was developed by Exlibris, a leading provider of library automation technology.  Think of QuickSearch as a Google-esque search for libraries or a one-stop-shop for research needs. Using this service, libraries are able to combine their physical holdings of books, DVDs, and other materials with the vast online databases filled with articles, e-books and more.  Two area university libraries, VCU and Virginia State, have transitioned to this type of service with great reviews from students and faculty.  We anticipate that QuickSearch will be the preferred resource for most library users for many reasons, but mainly because of its ability to accommodate various levels and types of researchers. 

QuickSearch is a work in progress and we want your input! After all, who knows student research better than those working directly with them?  To make sure we are on the right track, we would love to hear what you think of the discovery tool and your impressions upon searching the collections.  You can access QuickSearch right now by visiting JTCC QuickSearch.  Please join us in the following focus groups and share your thoughts:

Midlothian:
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in H202K
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in H202K

Chester:
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the library lab
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the library lab


These workshops are open to all interested faculty, staff, and students. Registration is not required.  If you have any questions, please contact Molli Channell at mchannell@jtcc.edu or 804-594-1519 (Midlothian) or Ha Hoang at hhoang@jtcc.edu or 804-706-5198.

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