Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
The Combined Arms Research Library was closed Jan. 14 so library staff could learn a new cataloging software — the Army University Library System through Insignia Software. More training followed Jan. 15 while the library was open.
“This new system is part of an enterprise effort by Army University and will be the same for 13 (Training and Doctrine Command) libraries,” said Tiffany Konczey, Army University Library Enterprise Division chief. “For CARL patrons, it means a new online catalog, which once fully implemented will allow patrons to search for both materials in the library — books, DVDs, etc. — as well as articles in the library’s subscriptions.
“The new system is entirely web-based and will allow patrons the ability to switch between the (other TRADOC) libraries and see what all the Army University schools have available,” she said. “Previously, patrons would have had to search at least 13 different sites for the same information.”
The other 12 libraries in the system include the Cyber Center of Excellence Cyber Research Center at Fort Gordon, Ga.; the Fires Center of Excellence Morris Swett Library at Fort Sill, Okla.; the Maneuver Center of Excellence Donovan Research Library at Fort Benning, Ga.; TRADOC Headquarters Library at Fort Eustis, Va.; the Defense Language Institute Aiso Library at the Presidio of Monterey in Monterey, Calif.; the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Othon O. Valent Learning Resource Center at Fort Bliss, Texas; the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Bruce C. Clarke Library at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; the Aviation Center of Excellence Aviation Technical Library at Fort Rucker, Ala.; the Military Intelligence Library at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; the Chaplain School and Center Library at Fort Jackson, S.C.; the Soldier Support Institute Library at Fort Jackson, S.C.; and the Army Logistics University Library at Fort Lee, Va.
“The change is part of the Army University mission to bring enterprise solutions to its schools,” Konczey said. “Having the system managed at an enterprise level will allow the library staff to focus on their students and staff.”
CARL staff worked through Insignia’s training guide and learned about each module of the system, said Kelsey Busch, CARL acquisitions librarian.
“It will take everyone, both library staff and patrons, time to adjust to the changes since we are going from being a stand-alone library to a one-of-13 consortium,” Busch said. “I’m hoping this will give us a system refresh as well as the opportunity to provide a better overall library experience for our patrons. Monica Duke, CARL’s chief of systems, believes this new system will streamline technical services processes, provide cost-savings, and free up staff for other CARL projects.”
The new catalog is expected to be online by the end of January and the subscription integration will come over the course of the year, Konczey said.
For more information, visit https://AULS.insignia.ils.com/CARL.
“This site is still under construction, but will allow you to see the possibilities,” Konczey said.