Art History/Classics OskiCat Search Procedures

Author: smoody
Posted in: Art History


I.    OskiCat Searches:

AH/C Circulation Desk policy is that you are to use OskiCat when conducting any item searches for patrons, rather than using Millennium circulation to do so. Why?

– The OskiCat search is a forum that the patrons can readily understand since they use OskiCat.

– If patrons have not yet used OskiCat, the search you conduct for them acquaints them with OskiCat. Let them know that they can conduct their own searches with OskiCat on any computer, as well as look up course reserves. They can also request items and renew books with My OskiCat.

– The search results are more intuitive for you and the patron. Item locations will be clearly spelled out. In the Millennium Circulation client, you will only see the sublocations codes when you conduct searches. These can be unintuitive and cryptic.

REMEMBER: If patron searches get time-consuming, send them to public terminals to conduct their own searches. If the searches become complicated, send them to AH-C staff for reference assistance.

A. “Quick Search” mode: Allows keyword, title, author, subject searches.
If you need to conduct more detailed searches, there are two ways to do so: More Searches” and “Advanced Keyword Search”

B. “More searches” mode: Allows LC call number, other call number, ISBN searches, and more.

C. “Advanced Keyword Search” mode: The link for this is under the search fields on both the “Quick Search” and “More Searches” pages (see above graphic). The name is rather deceiving – while the basis of the search is keywords, you have access to a vast array of search options. Below you see just a few of them:

II. Millennium Searches:
You may need to conduct searches in Millennium on rare occasion. One instance in which you would do so is when a patron requests a course reserve item, but does not know the course number or instructor name (e.g., a patron not in the course needs to see the book). This is because OskiCat does not display the course information in the item location field.

Example: A patron wants the book Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson. When they look it up in OskiCat, this is what they see:

The patron comes to the Circulation Desk to request it, but you can’t tell for which class it’s on reserve. You look it up with the “Search/Holds” function in Millennium Circulation:

This is the display you’ll see after you click “Search”. The location code “ahs” is for AH-C reserves. The item is available.

Double-click on the item line (the blue one above) to see the detailed item information. This is what you’ll see. The course information is in the “Reserves Note” field at the bottom of the display:

The item is on reserve for History of Art 286. Go to the shelf of reserves for this course to get the item for the patron.

Legacy Data

Author: Trina Lopez
Approval Group: CSG
Update Group: Art History
Last updated date: 07/19/12

Archived Comments

This document is to be edited
Tue, 02/28/2012 – 16:36 — Trina Lopez
This document is to be edited by AH/C staff as necessary.

Created: April 26, 2016
Last revised: August 8, 2017
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