NYU Bobst Library's Online Catalog Upgraded and Expanded

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Scholarly research, writing term papers, and even finding books for leisure reading have been made easier at New York University. The NYU Elmer Holmes Bobst Library's online catalog system, known as BobCat, has been upgraded and expanded with the assistance of Geac Computers Corporation, the same company that built the original BobCat system first used in 1983.

Announcing the BobCat Advance system, Dean of the NYU Libraries Carlton Rochell said, "I am delighted that the new and improved BobCat went online this fall, helping us to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Bobst Library. Faster, with added power and wider availability, this system will serve as our gateway onto the information highway of the future."

BobCat Advance features new approaches to searching and retrieving information, more detail in records, new search screens that are clearer and easier to understand, on-order information for new titles, check-in data for issues and numbers of periodicals, and reserve items listed by professor's names.

Using enhanced menus, BobCat now offers more ways to search for materials plus direct connections to other databases loaded both locally and remotely. For many of these databases, searchers will be able to utilize BobCat's search protocols rather than learn different query methods for every database of interest. …