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Waidner Spahr News and Events: New JumpStart & Catalog Coming Summer 2019!

Efficiency, Economy, and Improved Discovery: The Library Migrates to a New Library Management System

A modern library requires a great deal of behind-the-scenes technology to provide information and services, including an online catalog, ability to cross-search multiple databases, links to online full-text articles, and more. The Waidner-Spahr Library’s current catalog system, Sirsi, has been in place for over 20 years, and staff have had to add on separate systems to provide modern features, such as full-text linking and the JumpStart “discovery” search.

We began work on the year-long project of migrating to a new library management system in Summer 2018, although the changes will be largely invisible to library users until the new system goes “live” in June 2019. The new system will provide an integrated back-end for increased staff efficiency, as well as an improved JumpStart search interface for library users. As a single, integrated system, it will also save money compared to the multiple systems used now. More information will be shared with the Dickinson community as the work proceeds.

Please contact your liaison librarian or Theresa Arndt ( if you have any questions or concerns. 


Changes That May Affect You

Finding digitized historical sources and streaming films as we transition from “catalog” to “discovery”

The 22 year old library catalog system is no longer the best way to deliver the library’s increasing volume of electronic materials alongside our print collection. As part of a year-long project to move to a more modern library management system, we have moved several online historical source sets and streaming film collections out of the older system.  Specific resources affected are listed here.

Use JumpStart to find:

  • Contemporary e-books (as well as all print books)

Go directly to the specific database to use these historical materials:

  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
  • Making of the Modern World
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO)

Use these individual film databases to access streaming films:

  • Academic Video Online: Premium (AVON)
  • Films on Demand
  • Kanopy (login required on or off campus; library pays based on amount of use)

Use the Library Catalog or JumpStart to find:

  • Over 8,000 DVDs of documentaries and feature films

We appreciate your patience as we transition to a new library system going live in summer 2019. Information about the project will be updated here throughout the year.

Please contact your liaison librarian or Theresa Arndt ( if you have any questions or concerns.