UND Chester Fritz Library first in state to launch powerful new search tool


David L. Dodds

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The University of North Dakota Chester Fritz Library will be the first library in the state to offer use of a new search tool, according to the North Dakota University System.

Primo®, a discovery search software will support the libraries within the North Dakota ODIN (Online Dakota Information Network) library consortium, but Chester Fritz Library users will have initial access to the new tool.

Primo® provides users with a powerful integrated discovery process that searches not only the local library catalog, but also a broad spectrum of information available within the institution and through the Internet. It is able to identify sources in multiple formats, providing location information for books, journals, databases and digital resources and access to many of them.

Today, North Dakota libraries offer their users resources from numerous information sources from locations around the world. Libraries are seeking better computer software to support the discovery and presentation of relevant information and sources requested by their users. Primo® is a software product developed by Ex Libris, a leading provider of library automation solutions. It is currently used by more than 1,200 libraries throughout the world.

ODIN staff have overseen the Primo® implementation process during this past year and the University of North Dakota Chester Fritz Library has been instrumental in adapting the Primo® software for ODIN, having defined library needs and tested the software during the implementation process.

The new search tool can be found on the Chester Fritz Library web site. Primo® is expected to be introduced in ODIN libraries throughout the summer.

The North Dakota University System supports the technology needs of its campus libraries and many North Dakota public, school, state and special libraries through ODIN . ODIN currently manages technology used by more than 100 libraries throughout North Dakota.