• Harvard University
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  • Library Notes
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  • September 2010
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  • No. 1355
VIA and OASIS Records Now Available to HOLLIS Users Print

One year after the official launch of the new HOLLIS discovery platform, HUL's Office for Information Systems (OIS) continues to expand, refine, and innovate the HOLLIS system. Two major updates are providing important new benefits to researchers every day: the addition of 500,000 images from VIA and 4,000 archival finding aids from OASIS.

Harvard's VIA, or Visual Information Access, system is a union catalog of visual resources at Harvard, focusing on artistic and cultural materials. VIA includes catalog records for objects or images owned, held, or licensed by Harvard. Access to the catalog is open to the general public: all catalog records and thumbnail images are available to everyone.

The OASIS, or Online Archival Search Information System, provides centralized access to a growing percentage of finding aids for archival and manuscript collections at Harvard. These finding aids are detailed descriptions of collections that contain a wide variety of materials, including letters, diaries, photographs, drawings, printed material, and objects.

With VIA and OASIS resources incorporated into HOLLIS, a user can find books on the Spanish-American War, see 19th-century photographs of the Rough Riders from the Theodore Roosevelt Collection, and view finding aids for letters and diaries from that period—all from a single entry point.

According to OIS Head Tracey Robinson, "HOLLIS is the focus of continuous efforts in OIS to improve the discovery environment for our users. As technology expands, HOLLIS will increase in scope. It's our challenge to ensure that HOLLIS is always providing maximum service to our users."

In recent months, other HOLLIS enhancements have included

• bX, a scholarly article recommendation service available through Harvard's "Find It" service, which presents users with recommendations for other articles that may be of interest, based on usage at other academic institutions; and

• more than 1,000,000 tables of contents from Syndetics Solutions.

HOLLIS Classic continues to be the search engine of choice for some scholars because of features such as call number browsing and critical support for non-Latin script searching. 

The ULC's Discovery Advisory Group, chaired by OIS Systems Librarian Corinna Baksik, is charged with exploring options for the improvement and expansion of services to support a growing range of user needs.