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About the Library: It's Coming! A New Library Automation System!

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June 1, 2020

Through PASCAL, the academic libraries of SC will join together this summer to purchase a powerful, cutting edge library system. PASCAL hasn't decided what to call it yet, so for the time being it is just "the new system" or "It whose name has not been decided." 

Sounds like a good caption for a mug.

From the point of view of the user it will be largely invisible. "It's not the car, its the high performance engine under the hood."

For the past almost two years the Thrift Library staff has been learning how to use it, teach it, and how to migrate library data from the old system to the new.

Features and Benefits

  • This will be a shared system. When you search it you will be able find not only the Thrift Library's holdings, but also those of every academic library in SC - 12 million volumes.
  • You will also be able to click on a button next to the title you want and order book delivery from across the state. PASCAL Delivers provides books in three days or less.
  • As the use and acquisition of electronic resources continues to climb, the new system will make them available more quickly and more readily discoverable.
  • Most user features will function in a familiar intuitive fashion. 
  • The Library Catalog and OneSearch will be replaced by a unified system.
  • Users will be able to search for both physical and electronic resources in the same system, place books on hold, create and save bibliographies, searches, and alerts, as well as easily renew materials online.
  • Faculty requests will be automatically emailed upon completion.
  • Users will be able to log in to advanced features with the AU email name and password.