On Monday, July 29, the Penn Libraries is making available to the Penn community the new Franklin catalog, which replaces Classic Franklin, the Libraries’ catalog since the 1990s.
You will find that the new Franklin catalog offers many features not available in Classic Franklin, including easy browsing and limiting by format, location, and language; color-coded availability status; images of book covers; and RSS feeds and stable URLs to capture searches. In the weeks ahead, work will continue on the catalog to fix bugs, further enhance its capabilities, and pave the way for future releases.
With the release of new Franklin, we move closer to achieving one of the Libraries’ strategic goals: the creation of a single search point for discovery services. The architecture supporting the new catalog will eventually allow us to extend searching and content-delivery, support article-level searching through integration with subscription databases, and integrate both the holdings and delivery capabilities of our resource-sharing partners.
Classic Franklin will continue to be available for the time being; a link will appear on the Libraries’ homepage and in the bottom right-hand corner of all new Franklin screens.
To learn more about new Franklin, see the new Franklin User Guide.