Have you visited the Chace Catalogue lately? If you haven’t, you really should. For the past 18 months, the library staff and I have been busy working on a project to upgrade the look and function of the catalogue. It has been a long process – testing prototypes, deciding which features were critical, and making sure that everything was working properly in the final product. It was quite an experience and, hopefully, you will all enjoy the fruits of our labor. In addition to the updated design, we have added some new features, such as subject searching and the use of Boolean operators and truncation. Searching by subject was something that the initial catalogue lacked and was an absolute must for the upgrade. We were also able to include search help pages to better explain the ins and outs of searching on the Chace.
In addition to the changes, we have added numerous library records to the catalogue – mostly trade catalogs and trade sheets. In the coming months, you’ll be able to search for broadsides, trade cards, and cloth labels. The entire project, from the upgrade to the inclusion of trade materials, was made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Deborah-Ann Giusti, Curatorial Assistant