In the past month or so, we have seen six libraries go live with Talis Prism 3. Wolverhampton Libraries went live with their Talis designed catalogue, matching the design they have adopted for their community information system. Duncan Fellows explains, “We went with the Talis Design service as we did not have the in-house skills. I gave them a very open brief as we wanted to give them the freedom to do what they are good at, design. Having the same design [as Talis Engage] and using corporate colours will hopefully mean the products are instantly recognisable as ours.”
East Lothian Library Service has gone straight-to-live with their new catalogue, automatically redirecting all traffic from the old Prism 2 URL through to the new site. The homepage now includes a number of new features, all designed with the user in mind. Quick links to other parts of the library service, a bestsellers list for the current month and latest library news can all be accessed from the catalogue homepage. Donna Duff, Acting Senior Librarian (Adult Services) explains – “Users of the new catalogue will have access to the catalogue’s enriched content which offers book jackets, synopsis notes, CD track listings and DVD information. This allows us to showcase our collections and stock holdings in a much more visual and dynamic way.
On the academic customer side, the University of Portsmouth and Birmingham City University are both now live, parallel running alongside their Talis Prism 2 catalogue. Both Portsmouth and BCU designed their own catalogue, giving them a clean look and intuitive navigation.
Looking at the Google Analytics, we can see that so far this year there have been over 1.6 million online visitors to Talis Prism 3 catalogues. These visits have resulted in over 9.1 million individual page impressions. We also saw that across all catalogues, Talis Prism 3 was accessed from a total of 187 different countries. As the status monitor shows, all this has been possible with only four minutes of downtime so far this year.