While our new catalog provides better search functionality and a more efficient means of managing your library account than the old one, perhaps its most exciting feature is its ability to allow you to create and share content with other library users and staff in new and multifarious ways. In our previous tutorials on the catalog, we covered how to setup your new catalog account and profile, as well as how to search for items in the new catalog and navigate your “My Library Dashboard,” so if you are just now getting acquainted with the new catalog you might find those articles useful. If you already feel comfortable with those facets of the catalog and are ready to create and share content, we invite you to review the sections below.
I. Creating and Publishing Lists
First, a word on lists. The new catalog enables each library user to share lists of recommended items focused on a single topic, subject, genre, or another organizing principle with other library users and staff. Creating a list is a great way to express your individuality and share your knowledge of a given topic with the uninitiated or others who are just plain interested in what their fellow library users read. Once a list is published, other library users can view the list, “like” it, and share it with others. Below are instructions on how to go about creating and publishing lists, but if you desire additional information on the sort of lists you can publish and want general guidelines on doing so, feel free to explore the catalog’s FAQ page on Lists.
Congratulations! You have now published your first list.
II. Publishing Review Material of Library Items
In addition to being able to publish lists of reading, listening, and viewing recommendations, Jackson County Library Services’ patrons can now use their new catalog to publish and share review content of library items in the form of ratings, comments, summaries, suggestions of age suitability, content notices, quotes, and even videos. To dabble in creating and publishing review content of library items using the new catalog, see below.
While the new catalog’s variety of features may seem intimidating at first glance, once you take the time to explore its various ins and outs a whole new vista of possibilities presents itself. Many of these possibilities were not an option with the old catalog, and these features allow us to connect with fellow library users and staff in meaningful ways—and to share our collective knowledge across physical and temporal boundaries like never before. A common misunderstanding about posting and sharing library content online is that it is done with the aim to replace in-person interaction, but this could not be further from the truth; indeed, we have provided the above options in order to supplement that interaction and enhance library user experience. We hope this tutorial has helped in some small way to demonstrate just that, and we look forward to seeing your lists, ratings, and reviews roll in!
To view the next tutorial in this series, click the following link: Sorting Your Borrowing History in Your Library Catalog Account
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