What does this mean?
All search functions within IUCAT Classic – keyword searching, and Begins With (Browse) searching – will continue to function as they currently do.
Users will be able to access personalized services requiring a login via IUCAT (http://iucat.iu.edu), including:
- Accessing electronic resources from off campus
- My Account:
- Renewing checked-out items
- Reviewing checked-out items and delivery requests
- Requesting delivery of items to their preferred library (more information)
- Sending catalog record information via email or SMS (read our previous post)
- Asking questions or reporting errors
ALF Delivery functionality will continue to be available via IUCAT for affiliated and unaffiliated patrons.
The My Lists functionality in Classic IUCAT will no longer be available; it will be replaced by a new service in IUCAT that will enable logged-in users to keep items for use in later sessions; this new service will be launched early in the new year.
Why make this change?
IUCAT Classic is a legacy system and no further development is planned during the interim period prior to OLE migration, currently projected for December 2015.
As we have improved services and functionality available in new IUCAT, there’s been an increasing divergence between the level of service we can provide in new IUCAT versus what we now provide in IUCAT Classic; for example, the streamlined single-button Request This workflow now available in IUCAT. Discontinuing login-based services in IUCAT Classic will eliminate confusion to our users occasioned by similar services with widely varying processes; and offering services through a single interface will allow us to focus the efforts of the development as we gear up to migrate to Kuali OLE.
As always please feel free to contact us with any questions.