Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Search Resources in WISCAT

Image shows partial list of library catalogs searchable in WISCAT
102 library catalogs searchable in WISCAT
South Central Library System (LINKcat)  and  Beaver Dam Community Library  catalogs are now searchable in WISCAT via remote connections to their Z39.50 service.

WISCAT is a union catalog and a virtual gateway to 102 library catalogs. The collections of over 550 libraries of all types can be searched simultaneously. 
  • 71 Wisconsin library catalogs 
  • 28 Minnesota (Minitex) library catalogs 
  • 3 national library catalogs

In addition, the Z39.50 connection to a host library catalog enables the WISCAT interlibrary loan management software to check current shelf status. If an item is checked out, on hold, etc., the request automatically moves onto the next potential lender. Saving the time of busy library staff.

WISCAT is a service provided by the Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries and Technology using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Post written by:
Vickie Long, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning