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New discovery system at NMSU library aids students, faculty, community

With the vast amount of information available with a click of a mouse, the New Mexico State University Library has implemented a new system to help students, faculty, staff and researchers from the community. The new discovery system, which is called Primo, went live in December.


Primo is a single search interface that provides access to scholarly content – print, electronic and digital collections. The new system can help increase the acquisition of research, improve research outcomes and assist Library staff catalog and create detailed records, according to David Irvin, business librarian with NMSU’s Reference and Research Services Department.

“Primo immediately opens up a world of research to the community of NMSU and the satellite campuses, as well,” he said. “It’s a big technological advance for the NMSU Library and the system. It takes us into the discovery age of libraries. For the vast majority of users, it’s going to help them immediately discover better resources for their research projects. They will be able to zero in on things they didn’t know existed previously.”

Primo is not just available at the campus library, it is available on any device with a mobile-ready user interface. The system also has personalized ranking and allows users to establish their discipline and search preferences to receive the best results.

“It helps to reduce the number of mouse clicks. When you start a search, you don’t have to know exactly where to look,” Irvin said. “With the vast amount of information that’s out there, it can be a real challenge to know where the interdisciplinary connections occur in our databases. This system crunches all that data with powerful processors and makes it easier to find those connections.”

The move to a discovery system was a goal in the Library’s five-year plan that was created in 2013.

Irvin, who is available to give presentations about Primo to students, faculty and staff, can be reached at dirv@nmsu.edu.