Volume 12 Number 3
OLIS has announced a new catalog interface for the library
collections of the State University of New York.
SUNYCatalog will be replacing the Aleph union catalog
later this year.
The Aleph union catalog is running on software no longer supported by various vendors. As a result, OLIS and S.A.C. sought an alternative catalog system to replace the existing union catalog.
The decision was made to develop that replacement in-house
and utilizing the capabilities of the WorldCat application
programming interface (API). The in-house programming
effort is part of a shared initiative that also involves
the IDS Project and provides a new model for sharing
expertise around SUNY. The IDS Search tool also uses the
WorldCat API, and programming skills from OLIS and IDS
campuses were put to the task of IDS Search and SUNYCatalog.
Ed Rivenburgh, (Geneseo), IDS, Mike Curtis (Broome), Nathan Fixler (OLIS)
and Carey Hatch (SUNY) deserve special attention in regards
to these efforts and the sharing of SUNY resources and
"One of the unique approaches to the development of the IDS Search was involving several programmer and technologist talents from across New York Libraries; Adam Traub (St. John Fisher College), Mike Mulligan (Upstate University Health System), Mike Curtis, Project Manager (Broome Community College), Nathan Fixler (SUNY Office of Library & Information Services) and some of the IDS Project Team members from SUNY Geneseo."
The SUNYCatalog includes features and functions considered integral to next generation library catalogs. These include:
Linking, and other features expected in web-based systems continue to be available.
SUNYCatalog accesses the WorldCat database and returns search results for SUNY libraries holding the material. The bibliographic information is from the OCLC master record for that material. If a library has not marked the record in OCLC as being part of their library holdings, then it will not show up via SUNYCatalog. As described in the April 2010 issue of SUNYergy, this provides another impetus for campuses to go through the OCLC reclamation process.
Next steps for the development of the more extensive SUNYSearch initiative include investigation of:
Decisions made on next steps will be based on the results
of those investigations and implications for what it