What happened to HOLLIS Classic?

Why was HOLLIS Classic retired on June 30, 2018? 


HOLLIS Classic was fed by and inseparable from an aging library platform. Librarians loved HOLLIS Classic for its strengths; unfortunately the old platform was no longer able to handle much of the data necessary to properly maintain our systems and provide bibliographic services to our patrons in today's complex digital environment. The old platform was retired in 2018 and cannot be reactivated.  

One of the more immediately noticeable differences between HOLLIS Classic and the newer HOLLIS is the single search box that doesn't allow you separate journals from the full catalog at the start of your search. No problem!

  • Choose Advanced Search from just above the single search box. Choose from several Resource Types, including Books and Journals. 
  • Use the menu above the search box to select Journal Search. If Journal Search is not visible, there should be an ellipsis (three black dots in a row) on that line. It will open up more options.
  • Search in the single search box, then use the limiters on the right side of the results page to narrow it down.

Want help getting oriented? This HOLLIS Help page can help you get started in using the new system, and librarians can help you transition to using the new HOLLISSubmit an inquiry or make a research appointment to sit down with someone to learn which of your favorite HOLLIS Classic features can be reproduced in the new HOLLIS.

You can share your feedback here.

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