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Library Seeks Next-Generation Melvyl Feedback

Library patrons are encouraged to test a new pilot version of the replacement for the current Melvyl catalog. The UC Davis version of the Next-Generation Melvyl system can be found at To have your comments considered in assessing this new service, please provide your input by December 12, 2008, using the Take our Survey or Feedback links.

What do you like best about it? What do you like least about it? These and other candid observations are welcomed by the Library.

The Next-Generation Melvyl pilot features a single interface that searches holdings in all UC libraries and in libraries around the world. It can also search periodical articles, UC books digitized by Google, and more.

Similar to the way that researchers use Google for broad and inclusive searches, the Next-Generation Melvyl system allows scholars to cast a wide net and find out what holdings are at UC Davis and which ones are available for interlibrary loan from other research universities — all from one search box. On top of this, UC-eLinks can then be used to access the full text or print versions for journals with UC subscriptions.

The UC pilot project began in May and will run through December. The current Melvyl Catalog will continue to be available throughout the pilot project — see

Following the completion of the pilot, a decision will be made at the UC level about whether to move forward with it or to pursue other options. Right now is the time to comment; we want to hear what you think.

For more information, contact your library subject specialist.

Published: November 24, 2008


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