May 29, 2022

Discovery Service: Yale University Library Prepares to Launch Public Beta of “Quicksearch”

From the Yale Daily News:

In the coming weeks, Yale Library Information Technology will beta test a new search system called Quicksearch, slated to replace the current Orbis catalog in September 2015.


“The library always had a multitude of systems that don’t necessarily talk to each other,” Chief Technology Officer for Yale Libraries Michael Dula said. “We are aiming to pull the resources available at Yale under one umbrella, starting with main library catalogue [Orbis] and law library catalogue. [MORRIS]”


Systems Librarian Kalee Sprague said students and faculty voiced frustration regarding the current system structure, which requires two separate searches in both Orbis and MORRIS, the law library catalog.

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See Also: Info Page From the Yale Library Provides More Details

The Quicksearch service will include:

  • Search for records in Orbis and MORRIS catalogs
  • Search for articles from Summon

The unified search relies on a Solr index and Blacklight interface. Search results from numerous sources will be brought back into the unified search using a “bento box” approach. In this method results from the catalogs will be in one box, results from Articles+ will be in a second, digitized material in a third, and so on. The bento box approach is used by several libraries participating in the Hydra consortium, notably Columbia’s CLIO. Yale is working closely with Columbia developers to adapt the Quicksearch code to Yale’s search resources.

See Also: Quicksearch Project Blog

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.