The next time you search CONSORT, the library’s catalog, from the library’s website, you will be able to home in on items that we own locally here at Ohio Wesleyan more quickly.
Ohio Wesleyan shares CONSORT with three other schools in the Five Colleges of Ohio consortium (the Ohio 5). These include Denison University, Kenyon College, and the College of Wooster. A search in the catalog would typically yield results from all four schools, which for some, has caused some confusion or disappointment when realizing that an item is not available here at OWU but at another school.
We have changed the default settings in CONSORT so that searches will automatically filter the results to those at Ohio Wesleyan. Searchers can, of course, choose to view results from all libraries if they prefer.
The OWU Libraries, along with our partners in the Ohio 5, also belong to OhioLINK, a consortium of 90 college and university libraries, plus the State Library of Ohio from whom we can easily borrow and loan materials.
Historically, items requested from our fellow CONSORT libraries could be delivered faster than items borrowed from other libraries in the OhioLINK group, but changes over the years have leveled the turn-around-time for requests. It is no longer necessary to consider borrowing first from CONSORT libraries before expanding a search into the OhioLINK catalog.
Searchers will continue to see the Search OhioLINK button in CONSORT, which will automatically pass searches along to the OhioLINK catalog where items may be requested as normal.
For any questions or comments about this change, contact the Beeghly Reference Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.