For release: September 2, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
Now, it’s easier and faster than ever for the public to locate materials in the University
Libraries at the University of Memphis. “A ‘Google-ized’ search with ‘Amazon.com-like’
results” is how it’s characterized by those familiar with the new system, which is
now in use throughout the U of M system of libraries.
The new tool, “Search@UMLibraries,” is prominently displayed on the Libraries’ main
Web page, which is easily accessible via the “Libraries” link on the University’s
main Web site, www.memphis.edu
The result of a three-year collaboration between University Libraries and the U of
M’s Division of Information Technology, the new system enables patrons to search various
ways to find books, periodicals, and other print and electronic holdings in the library.
It will let users make their searches more specific, and it will offer the latest,
most sophisticated research strategies.
Patrons can also see their personal library-use history, renew items online, and build
personal reading lists. The new system will also “push” important information out
to users, such as reminders about materials they have checked out, including email
notifications both before and after materials are due to be returned.
“This new system is a part of the ongoing development of the Library Commons,” said
Dr. Ralph Faudree, University Provost. The Library Commons is a section of the library
where students have access to computers, group study areas, and other facilities for
enhancing and expanding their classroom experience.
Faudree said “Search@UMLibraries” replaces a pre-Internet system formerly in use.
“The new system will be expanded and refined in the months to come,” he said. “It
can be adapted to stay current with changes in information technology and University
The system also provides a powerful tool for use by library personnel in the processing
and maintenance of materials. The new system will also be used in partnership with
the University’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law library and with libraries at Jackson
State Community College and LeMoyne-Owen College.