MHCC Primo Search
Letter from the Library Manager
Coming Summer 2014: New Library Search
Big changes for the MHCC Library
A new library management system will debut in mid-June 2014. This system handles important library functions like circulation, ordering, and cataloging physical materials, as well as the many electronic materials that we own or license, such as databases, ebooks, and ejournals. We are moving with our partner libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance from 37 stand-alone systems to one powerful, shared system. Through a single search box on the library home page, you will be able to search across a much broader array of content from our collections.
Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium of academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. We are working together to strategically build our collections, share services and resources, and take advantage of new technologies. This single, shared library system is a hallmark of our innovative collaboration, which brought you Summit, our shared lending/borrowing system, a decade ago. Now, by moving from 37 library systems to one integrated system, we will improve the research experience for you—our students and faculty members—and better manage and access the resources you need.
Mt. Hood Community College will join 18 other libraries that have already migrated to the new system. Because this is a major undertaking, it will be January 2015 before all 37 Alliance libraries are up and running on the shared system. If you would like to see the new catalog called Primo in action now, you can check out the Lewis & Clark and Willamette University library catalogs.
The library is committed to providing you the same excellent services you have come to expect from us, including the delivery of Summit and InterLibrary Loan items (ILL), during this transition. We have created a guide which provides detailed information on the implementation and answers some of your questions.
A large scale project like this one is bound to have some unexpected bumps along the way. We and our colleagues at other Alliance libraries are working hard to smooth the path and will be doing so for some time. We appreciate your patience and support as we move to this next-generation library system. It’s an ambitious undertaking: 37 libraries to one—expanding our support for your research and discovery.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns about this or any other library service.
Megan Dugan | Library Manager
Mt. Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Much of the content and structure on this Primo guide was adapted, with permission, from the University of Puget Sound, Collins Library general guide.