The Library has decided to migrate from its current search infrastructure to a new one, an OCLC product called WMS. You can take a look at a current WMS installation here. We expect the 49er version to be in production by August, 2013.
WMS represents a quantum jump in search power. For example, WMS changes the frame of a library catalog search such that users retrieve results for the universe of scholarly articles, books, and other material, and not just material Atkins happens to own. We’ll also have “faceting,” wherein search results are displayed along with one-click filters for refining results… maybe you want only French language material, or peer reviewed articles, or books by and not about Susan B Anthony. There’s far more to WMS than this, so feel free to write, call, or stop by.