Dakota State University

Exceed your users' search expectations

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"WorldCat Discovery provides both a simple search interface and expert search options, which we believe will improve findability compared to our previous discovery interface." 

Risë Smith
Digital Design and Access Librarian, Dakota State University

The Karl E. Mundt Library and Learning Commons at Dakota State University was ready for a change. "We want[ed] a more usable and better-functioning search experience for our users," Digital Design and Access Librarian Risë Smith said. At this technical- and computer-focused university, the existing discovery interface was "clunky and unlike most other advanced search interfaces." That made it difficult for their Internet-savvy students and faculty to find the resources they needed.

The library staff of only five full-time employees discussed their options. After reviewing the benefits of WorldCat® Discovery, the staff determined that "WorldCat Discovery provides a cost-effective solution, especially since we already catalog with OCLC and were OCLC FirstSearch® subscribers."

"Compared to our original discovery interface, I much prefer the search functionality in WorldCat Discovery."

Risë registered for the service on April 1 to support a WorldCat Discovery launch in time for the next school year. She received her library's URL and within a month completed setup and added the new search box to the library homepage. She will announce the change to faculty and students before the fall semester begins.

With WorldCat Discovery, Risë immediately noticed improvements over the previous system the library had used. She noted, the "interface appearance is up to date and cleaner," and "the interlibrary loan (request item) button is easier to find and works more seamlessly than in our old interface." The library also opted to add the item location and real-time availability option to their subscription. Now, they not only maintain access to WorldCat, but they also gain mobile views, staff-specific functionality and integrated delivery capabilities.

Services used by Dakota State University

WorldCat Discovery

OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Subscription

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Library at a glance

  • Dakota State University has just more than 3,000 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1
  • All students are required to use laptops and tablet computers in classes and to take computer and programming courses as part of their general education
  • The Karl E. Mundt Library and Learning Commons experiments with ways to combine information resources, services, technology and research assistance
  • The bas-relief mural above the library's door celebrates the history of the written word, from Egyptian hieroglyphics to an atomic symbol, representing the future

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