Indexes: We renamed the Journal Title index to
Journal/Newspaper/Magazine Title after the usability study revealed that
some confusion about what constitutes a "journal."
Thank you all for your suggestions and especially for the enthusiastic
comments about many of the new features in OPAC. Please continue to
Noteworthy features available immediately include:
- Library account management and self-service requests, including
interactive renewal of borrowed material, information on fees and fines,
placing recalls for items checked out, and requesting Eli Express delivery
from most Yale libraries
- Display of non-Roman characters for Chinese, Japanese and Korean
- A title results list which provides location, call number, and
circulation status without looking at specific records.
- A wide variety of options for search limiting and refinement
- Options for sorting search results
- Ability to email search results
- Ability to download records in a variety of formats
- Relevance-ranked keyword searching
- Easier searching of prolific authors and composers
(Shakespeare or Mozart)
- A separate journal titles search (for journals like Nature and
- Easier searching of uniform titles (like Bible or Arabian Nights)
Throughout 2002, library staff will continue to develop the new Orbis interface.
Planned enhancements include:
- Login through NetID and password
- Simultaneous searching of Orbis,
(the Yale Law Library's catalog), and other library databases
- Support for additional non-Roman scripts such as Hebrew and
- Ability to construct automatic searches that are run at
intervals, with the results delivered via email
Web access to Orbis: orbis.library.yale.edu
The Web-based version of Orbis is the full-featured and strongly
recommended version because it supports new advanced features,
foreign language capabilities, and self-service functions.
Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or above is the recommended
browser, especially for non-Roman language display. Recent versions of
Netscape (4.7 or higher) also perform satisfactorily.
help guide for Orbis.
See a side-by-side comparison of search
options in old Orbis and new Orbis.
Telnet access to Orbis:
From Telnet client software, connect to:
Host Name: orbis.yale.edu
Port Number: 4000
Instructions on configuring the Host Explorer Telnet client
Help pages are available within Telnet: type ? while searching
Text-based access to Orbis is available for those who prefer a
traditional Telnet interface and for those seeking rapid response time
when using slow dial-up connections. (Telnet access provides a limited
set of Orbis features and is NOT recommended for most users).
After a yearlong investigation, the library purchased Endeavor
Information Systems' Voyager, a library management system used in over nine
hundred academic and research libraries in North America, the United Kingdom,
and Australia. These include Princeton,
the University of Pennsylvania,
Cornell, the National
Library of Medicine, and the Library of
Staff throughout the Yale libraries have spent the past ten months customizing
the software, testing the conversion of data from the current system to the
new one, developing new workflows and designing the Orbis online catalog. For
more information about the selection process or details about the implementation,
see the System
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