Encore Synergy now offers expanded article access, advanced search, and a new Cobalt look and feel option inspired by usability testing and user feedback. The University Libraries is also taking advantage of the new Article Portfolios feature by creating article source groupings in the areas of Arts, Literature, & Language; Business; Communication, & Technology; Science & Engineering; and more.
The new Cobalt skin features a more compact format and new facet re-design for catalog subject headings. "We are delighted with the new Cobalt look and feel," says Rice Majors, Assistant Professor and Faculty Director of Libraries Information Technology. "It's a significant improvement in simplifying Encore's interface to a cleaner presentation. Generally speaking, the Libraries' faculty have been very vocal about how much they like it."
Majors continues: "We definitely like how searching of our article databases works in Encore Synergy 4.1. We're now able to search many more databases than previously, and Encore is leveraging configuration choices we've already made, which saves us the time of having to start from scratch. We have usability data that shows, for example, that our students love to be able to limit to peer-reviewed articles."
About University of Colorado-Boulder Libraries
The University of Colorado-Boulder Libraries (colorado.edu) is the largest library collection in the Rocky Mountain region, with more than 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audio-visual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers, and computer-based sources. The University Libraries is affiliated with the best academic libraries in the country and is a member of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (a cooperative of Colorado and Wyoming research libraries), the Greater Western Library Alliance (a group of 32 research libraries located in the Midwest and Western states), the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries.
About Encore Synergy
Encore Synergy (encoreforlibraries.com) transforms how users discover what libraries have to offer by uniting articles, books/ebooks, local digital collections, and more in a single search. A content-neutral platform, Encore Synergy delivers real-time article information directly from the sources libraries select. Regardless of the ILS being used or level of staff expertise, it provides a reliable solution that makes adding the latest discovery features simple. Using modern Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) design, Encore Synergy supports Web Services technologies that can be tailored to meet the needs of any library. What's more, the dedicated Encore Services Team backs the product with in-library installation, hosted options (SaaS), and more. With Encore, it's all right here.
About Innovative Interfaces
Innovative (iii.com) creates cutting-edge products that allow libraries to succeed in a modern technology environment and the freedom to implement solutions that best meet their specific needs. The company’s versatile and market-leading solutions include: the Sierra Services Platform, the Millennium ILS, the Encore Synergy discovery application, Electronic Resource Management, and INN-Reach resource sharing. An established company with a vision for the future, Innovative connects with thousands of libraries of all types in over 50 countries. Innovative’s commitment to service is reflected by its 24/7/365 Help Desk, Innovative University, and the CSDirect Web support center. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.