We are pleased to announce that we have a new front-end to the library catalogue which is now available for library users to try out. This is called AquaBrowser and is in use in a growing number of libraries around the world. It is independent from the library management system but makes use of the catalogue data, and indeed links to the existing system to obtain up to date information about item availability.
You can find this at: http://mlib51.lib.bbk.ac.uk/ablbirkbeck/
There is still some work to do as we make improvements and make sure that everything is working, but we would be very interested to hear what our users think of it. You will find that by default there is only one place to put your search (like Google) and that once some results have been returned there are ways of refining the results by date, format, language etc. You will also see that there is a graphical aid to searching with a spider's web of related terms. There is the option of an advanced (or Classic) search feature as well.
The catalogue also has a much improved accessible, text-only version, which you can use on mobile devices.
Please give it a go and let us know what you think. We will be using feedback for readers to help with an FAQ page about the new service.