Chamo Discovery

Chamo Discovery for Virtua fully integrates the discovery process within your OPAC and gives your users the types of self-service capabilities they have come to expect through the web, by placing your library and its unique offerings at the forefront, with all library functions directly available for your users.

Through an accessible, familiar web environment, Chamo Discovery for Virtua presents the user with powerful search capabilities as well as facets to allow browsing and narrowing of results. Users are guided with “did you mean” functionality to suggest alternative searches as well as the ability to do sophisticated, complex searching. Graphical icons allow instant recognition of material formats, while the integration of content enrichment data from Google Books, Syndetics, and NoveList gives your user instant access to book jackets, reviews, audio clips, recommendations, and more.

And with eBook integration with both OverDrive® and 3M™ Cloud Library, and federated search functionality for your electronic databases, Chamo Discovery provides access beyond your library’s physical collection.

Easy to configure, easy to manage

Chamo Discovery for Virtua is designed to be customer-configurable. A web based administrative module provides an easy tool for configuring Chamo Discovery, allowing you to set views and themes to create separate looks and interfaces for staff, patrons, and locations. Facets can also be configured, allowing you to adapt facets to meet the needs of your patrons. Colors, graphics, available options for patrons – you can configure anything when you want it, without incurring extra costs and delays waiting for someone else to do it for you.


Key Features

  • “My Lists” Patrons can create a list, save it in a permanent file in their account, and return to view it at any time. Lists can be printed or emailed, and requests can be placed for items in the list.

  • RSS Updates Patrons can subscribe to an RSS feed of frequently changing content, and receive updates when content changes.

  • Robust Searches A Robust search engine lets users find the information they seek wherever it resides. Search filters, facets, and sorting options allow users to view the results they desire, in whatever order they prefer.

  • Search Facet Management You can select keywords to be used as facets and can choose which facets appear in search results, as well as the order in which they appear.

  • Enriched Experience You can allow linking to book cover images, full electronic tables of contents, published book reviews, video trailers for DVDs, and many other resources.

  • Patron Choice Patrons can view the catalog through their preferred interface – whether it is designed for the advanced user, student, or child. With support for Drupal, Chamo Discovery can provide easy access not only to the catalog but also to all the other information available on the library website.

  • Simplified Searching Chamo Discovery’s embedded search options allow you to simplify the way your patrons search. The quick search mimics the simplicity of a Google search – patrons do not need to use precise search terms to retrieve results.

  • Patron Empowerment Patrons can make requests, renew items, save to a “cart,” upload photographs, and view account information online. For even more convenience, patrons can access your library’s catalog through the Mobile Chamo Smart Device Interface and renew materials via email and text messaging.

Chamo Discovery is Social!
  • Link to social sites like Facebook and Twitter

  • Create shareable lists

  • Tag and rate items

  • Write and share reviews

  • View on mobile devices

A full-function library management system, providing control over workflows for circulation, cataloging, serials, acquisitions, course reserves, and more.

Connect your library with the metadata you need to catalog your library collection.