HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 15, 2011 – The Smith Library at High Point University is the second college in North Carolina to implement a new library catalog with Web-based services in an effort to increase access to a wealth of information and streamline library workflows.
The new catalog, OCLC Web-scale Management Services, allows students to access data in a search platform that's similar to Google in format and speed. It provides students and faculty with access to library held materials and allows them to search a vast pool of information that includes books found in the world's libraries, half a billion articles and a huge collection of materials from digital and web based archives. The new system will also streamline acquiring and cataloging resources and increase availability and immediacy to sources.
The implementation of the catalog is part of a $45 million investment in technology upgrades throughout campus. The only other college in North Carolina to use the system is Davidson College.
"Our move to a new web-based library service will enhance the inspiring environment of the university with improved and increased access to library resources for our students and faculty," says David Bryden, director of Library Services. "With one platform we can now offer access to more resources for more students. And as a result of streamlined workflows, we will be better positioned to allocate more staff to services, and assist students with additional research needs."
This system will work well with the new juvenile collection library that will be housed in the School of Education and with information services that will be offered in the new School of Health Sciences.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among "America's Best Colleges." Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.