Introducing Aspen Discovery
One of the foremost issues identified by the 2020 ILS Review project was the desire to find a new discovery layer for the WYLDcat online catalog. The State Library undertook an extensive look at other solutions for discovery and Aspen Discovery, an open source solution hosted by ByWater Solutions, rose to the top.
Aspen presents an attractive, intuitive layout with thoughtful, user-centered design. Aspen combines the library catalog with e-content, digital archives, and enrichment from all major third-party providers. It also improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, and displays all formats of titles within one result (FRBR).
Aspen supports customization at the library level, allowing libraries within a consortium to make different design and feature choices based on local needs. While Aspen is designed to be responsive to different screen sizes, the mobile app LiDa is included at no additional cost with the Discovery package. With continuous, user-driven development Aspen presents an exciting solution for the WYLD network to best meet the needs of libraries and their patrons.
The State Library is in the contract process with ByWater and expects to be able to implement Aspen Discovery for WYLDcat by the end of 2022. We intend to have both Enterprise and Aspen available for several months as we migrate libraries to the new platform.
Watch for more announcements on wyldnews and our support website regarding the Aspen Discovery project, including demonstrations, training opportunities, timelines, and frequently asked questions.