SearchWorks Now Updated Each Night
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/26/2010 - 13:55.
SearchWorks is now updated on a nightly basis with records from Symphony. This is an improvement over the previous, manual process for updating SearchWorks on a weekly to biweekly basis, and gives patrons reliable access to the most recent additions to the the Libraries' collections. (Note that item availability information in both SearchWorks and Socrates shows an item's real time status information, not the item's availability from the previous night.)
SearchWorks is the next generation search engine offered by Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR). It has all the same records as Socrates (SULAIR's online library catalog), but an enhanced interface, additional features, and better search results.
This "nightly updates" change puts SearchWorks generally on par with Socrates for data currency, and realizes one of the most requested enhancements to SearchWorks. The advent of automated, nightly feeds comes after several months of intensive engineering on SearchWorks' back end, and realizes one of the top five development priorities for SearchWorks for the year. Three other priorities--advanced search, enhanced availability display, and a "browse nearby on shelf" panel were implemented in Fall and Winter Quarters. Full support for browse by call number and enhanced request/hold forms will be released by early summer.