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Simple library system provides complex answers

08 Jun 2012

In an Australian TAFE first, NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) has adopted the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) into its library. The interface, which NMIT calls 'FindIt@NMIT', uses one search box to access the library's entire collection, as well as staggering wealth of other material.

Helen Moore, NMIT Library Services Coordinator, says the interface will allow students and staff better access to information. “The initiative was in response to library surveys which told us people wanted a more 'Google-like' experience. FindIt@NMIT is a one-stop shop; it's intuitive, you don't need to search separate catalogues and - unlike Google - you get authoritative results. It's about discovering information and the excitement that this can bring.”

Helen says the new system will allow students and staff to quickly discover the information they need. “It's easy to use so it will save time, but it will also provide information from resources people may not have consulted. The best thing is that it is accessible anywhere there's internet access, 24/7.”

As well as searching standard information sources such as books and articles, FindIt@NMIT also:

  • retrieves full-text articles for saving, printing or emailing
  • provides links to other relevant information
  • shows, in real-time, items available from the NMIT library
  • enables users to set-up RSS feeds and alerts.

FindIt@NMIT accesses information from 64,000 magazines and journals; 825,000 CDs and DVDs; 6 million books; 320 million newspaper articles; 400,000 conference proceedings and hundreds of thousands of other items. NMIT has added their own catalogue to these resources to create a single powerful information search tool.

“This service keeps the NMIT library at the forefront of technological change,” Helen says. “Libraries are not just book repositories, they can also provide the latest ways to access high-quality information in all formats. As traditional book loans decrease, NMIT library has adopted cutting-edge technology for information provision.”


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