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IRIS, Libraries' catalog, redesigned
for quicker & easier use

Your old friend in the Libraries has changed her look and gotten much more helpful.

IRIS, the Rutgers University Libraries' online catalog and information system has been redesigned to expedite research and make more options more readily accessible.

The new IRIS frontpage reduces the steps for searching. Users can now choose options from just one pull-down menu, with a list that will set a search to: words anywhere, author, title, periodical title, subject, or ISBN, ISSN, or music publisher numbers. Users can also begin searching immediately without selecting an option, using the system's default setting of "words anywhere."

The redesigned IRIS features personalized user information services in a "My Account" section, which replaces the former "Self Services" section. "My Account" offers increased options, now allowing users to review checkouts, IRIS requests, media bookings, bills, E-ZBorrow requests, and Interlibrary Loan requests. "My Account" also enables users to renew their checkouts, register their barcode, get or change a PIN, and to view articles delivered to them on the Web.

The Libraries' IRIS Public Access Committee, a group of librarians and staff from all three Rutgers campuses, redesigned IRIS over the past year to make searching easier and bring more options under one setting. The redesigned IRIS conforms with the university's style for webpages and comes with a cleaner, more-direct presentation.

In the redesign process, the committee also removed the "Interlibrary Loan" button from within IRIS. This change recognizes that most requests for materials not available in-house can be fulfilled by either the Rutgers Delivery Service or the E-ZBorrow service. The Libraries hope that this change will speed needed materials to users by eliminating unnecessary delays, resulting from misfiled requests. The Interlibrary loan option is still available from the Libraries home page.

For answers to questions on how to best use the new IRIS, users should see the "IRIS Guide" which is accessible from within IRIS. To offer feedback on the redesign, send email to IRIS Public Access Committee acting chair Stephanie Bartz.

Posted May 9, 2005