Your new library catalog retains several of the same features as your old one, but it contains many new ones as well. In addition to being able to do all of the things you’re used to from the old one (albeit in a slightly different fashion), you can now also search the catalog in much the same way you search Google or Amazon, personalize and individualize your library catalog account according to your interests, interact with other library users or staff, and keep more efficient track of your reading habits and history through your “For Later,” “In Progress,” and “Completed Shelves.” If you have not yet set up your new catalog account and profile, please visit the previous blog on those topics here. To continue familiarizing yourself with the new catalog, follow the steps below.
I. My Library Dashboard
If you have a good grasp on how to use your My Library Dashboard, you will likewise have a pretty good grasp on how the catalog works in general. In future blog posts, we will dive into how to use the catalog features listed above, but for now we will move onto using the catalog’s search function.
II. Searching the New Catalog
Our new catalog’s search function is designed to be more intuitive than the old one, meaning that you can search the catalog just like you would elsewhere on the internet rather than needing to know a special way to search just for your library. While the manner in which you search the catalog will most likely be something that you are already used to, some of the means by which you can narrow your search and filter your results in the new catalog are specific to it, so we will spend some time unpacking those features below.
The search bar is conveniently located at the top of every webpage on the new catalog, so if you are inspired by a sudden fancy to see if your library has a guinea-pig version of Oliver Twist (which we do!), you can satisfy that impulse immediately.
Your search results will list each item’s availability, provide links for more information on the item or author, and give you the option to Place a Hold and/or add to your In-Progress, Completed, or For Later shelves—but we’ll discuss those features at a later time.
In the meantime, I encourage you to practice using the features detailed above in order to become further acquainted with your new catalog. The Ancient Romans had a much-revered saying, repetitio mater memoriae, which translates to “Repetition is the mother of memory”—and this proverb certainly applies to internalizing how the new catalog works and using it to its greatest effect. Lastly, don’t be afraid to partake in a bit of trial and error, which is one of the best means of learning any new system—and if you run into any snags along the way, the Digital Services team are always happy to assist in any way we can.
Link to FAQs on Searching the Catalog: http://help.bibliocommons.com/045faq/030faq-searching/
To view the next tutorials in this series, click the following links: Creating and Sharing Content via Your Catalog Account and Sorting Your Borrowing History in Your Library Catalog Account
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