Prism - Searching and discovering library resources online

Searching and discovering library resources online

Capita’s Prism solution helps libraries provide the online experience today’s users expect. Prism gives users this capability, allowing them to easily find and access whatever resources they need or to explore library collections, wherever they may be. Users also need streamlined services for managing their account and transactions, and they expect rich information and services that enable them to make use of it beyond the library.

What to expect from Prism

With Prism, users discover library resources through a single search box and relevance ranked results. Library-configurable facets give the user a range of options to refine the results. Advanced search options allow more targeted searching. Clear displays of real-time holdings availability and location information, including links to electronic resources, enable users to access, obtain or request desired items. Discoverability helps increase use of library resources.

Libraries can increase their value by allowing more use to be made of their data. With Capita’s Prism, users can create lists of selected items, such as wish lists, favourite books or items needed for study, and users can export references to bibliographic management tools. Searches can be saved as RSS feeds, giving alerts to updates in tools of the user’s choice (email, RSS reader etc).

Prism gives your library’s users the convenience of managing their library accounts online, in the comfort of their own surroundings, providing clear, prioritised information and a historical view. Transactions such as renewals, reservations and profile updates are carried out via a real time dynamic connection with your library management system.

The appearance of the Prism interface is highly configurable. It allows libraries to brand and style the online portal in any way to suit individual requirements. Configuration of features and styling is done through an easy-to-use web-based administration console.

With all the calls on users’ attention in the virtual world, it is important for libraries to not only have their own place but also to be where the users are. The Prism search box and RSS feeds for searches can be embedded on any web page. Individual item pages have simple, persistent links that can be communicated and placed anywhere on the web as references. The Prism mobile web app gives users the full range of Prism functionality on a wide range of mobile devices.

Prism is a subscription-based, fully hosted Software as a Service solution. It eliminates the burden and cost of deploying and maintaining software locally and reduces local bandwidth needs. With Capita’s Prism in place, your library automatically benefits from the frequent release of new features.

Key benefits of Prism

  • Improves successful library resource search results for the user
  • Increases exploration and use of library resources, putting data and services right where the user needs them
  • Improves user convenience, providing online account and transactions management
  • Integrates with local web pages through highly configurable styling
  • Eliminates the need to deploy and maintain software locally
  • Reduces impact on local bandwidth
  • Improves library’s use of cutting-edge technology with automatic new releases