SCIS Catalogue features

Have you checked out the new SCIS Catalogue launched last week?
As well as a fresh look, there are a number of features that will be appreciated by SCIS users.

Search filters

The search limits available in previous versions of SCIS OPAC are still available (year, place, type, format and language), but search limits have been supplemented in this version of the Catalogue by the ability to filter the results following your initial search. These filters are found in the right hand column of the search results page.

SCIS Catalogue filter options
Search filters

Log in to the SCIS Catalogue and try the filters on a search for World Cup.

If you have requests for other filters you would like to see included as default, please let us know.

Timeout warning

A new timeout countdown feature alerts you if your search session has been idle for some time and is about to be reset.
Extension to the timeout period is also being trialled following a server upgrade.

Accessibility

The Voyager 7.0 WebVoyáge user interface was developed to comply with international industry accessibility standards.

Mobile devices

The new SCIS Catalogue is designed to display well and resize for use on various mobile devices.

Technical infrastructure

The SCIS Catalogue is now on a separate server at address: http://opac.scis.curriculum.edu.au which means it can function independently in the event of downtime on other SCIS services such as SCISWeb. If your network settings or firewall need to be changed as a result, please contact SCIS for the IP address of this server.

SCIS as selection aid

Next term our grade 2s will be studying Looking back: how and why things have changed over time?
The teachers already have come knocking to borrow books on these topics. Our library doesn’t have  much on this, and I would love to get some more resources for our library. (Ozge, Library Manager, Melbourne)

This is where SCIS OPAC becomes a valuable selection and collection building tool.

SubjectBrowse
Screen shots of SCIS OPAC produced by permission of Ex Libris

Browse or Search by Subject for the topic you need to find resources for.

  1. In this case ‘Australia Social life and customs’
    (but it could be Scarecrows – Fiction, or a Dewey search for more recent books ‘like this’)
  2. Then select the specific headings that are relevant to your students.
    In our ‘Looking back’ example, investigate specific decade subdivisions.
  3. If you sort the results by Published date (most recent first) you will find titles that are more likely to be available from your regular suppliers.
    **Of course, you will still need to evaluate these resources against your specific collection policy and school requirements. SCIS catalogues resources held in a large number of school libraries, and not all of these will be relevant or appropriate to your school.
Screenshots produced by permission of Ex Libris, based on Voyager
Screenshots of SCIS OPAC produced by permission of Ex Libris