Los Angeles, CA -- January 11, 2008. The Bucks County Historical Society, located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, recently released its new Internet-accessible integrated catalog. The catalog uses Cuadra’s STAR knowledge management software, which allows for searching across the four separate catalogs that the Society maintains.
According to Beth Lander, the Society’s Director of Library Services, the release of the integrated catalog -- called RolloPAC -- is the culmination of a project that has been in the works since 2003. RolloPAC, which is accessible at http://starweb.mercermuseum.org, provides searchers with a precise method of accessing information in the Library and Museum collections from a single search page. It uses STAR’s ability to retrieve information from the four distinct catalogs archives, library, museum, and obituaries -- even though they adhere to different standards and have significantly different structures.
Ms. Lander explained "Our goal was to provide our users with an easy way to find the information that they want, without having to know which collection catalog to search. Some of them will want to delve more deeply into specific collections, so we have also provided additional search options for individual collections. We are looking forward to seeing what our users uncover."
The mission of the Society is to cultivate a broad appreciation and awareness of the past history of the County. Its Spruance Library is the major research center for local and family history related to Bucks County and the surrounding region, and its Mercer Museum is recognized as having one of the most extensive collections of artifacts associated with pre-1850 American life-ways and technological history. It is especially renowned for its collections of tools and artifacts associated with pre-industrial trades, crafts, agriculture and domestic work. To learn more, contact Beth Lander at 215-345-0210 or visit the Society’s web site at http://www.mercermuseum.org.
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