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Using Discover

A guide that highlights features and functions in Discover as the Five Colleges move to the new FOLIO library platform and reitre the current library catalog (Aleph)


Project Overview

Summer 2019-Spring 2021: Working groups evaluate current practices and policies in order to consolidate operations

Summer 2021: Specialized management of e-resources and holdings moves to FOLIO system.

Fall 2021: Back-end work continues, including system configuration and consolidating policies and loan rules. 

Spring 2022: Migrate data, testing, prepare training and documentation for staff and for users

July 2022: Five Colleges Libraries Catalog (Aleph) shut down; all users directed to Discover

Important Deadlines during the Final Migration Stages
  • May 25, 2022: Last day to ask LITS to order new items for the collection (e.g., via LITS' purchase request form). LITS will start accepting order requests again on July 18. 
  • June 21, 2022: Last day to request items from any of the Five College Libraries for pickup at Mount Holyoke. 
  • June 26, 2022: Last day to check out any physical item (e.g., book, DVD, phone charger) at the LITS Circulation desk. Checkouts will resume in early July.
    • Note: Research databases, online journals, streaming video and ebooks will remain available throughout the migration.
Before and During the Final Migration Stages, LITS' Encourages You to:
  • Return library materials before June 24, 2022
  • From June 29-July 11, Discover may not be fully functional so we recommend using the Databases A-Z list to use specific databases and the Journal Locator to find online access to specific journal articles and newspapers in the interim.


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