Updating our Catalog = New UX for You

We have exciting news: our catalog is getting upgraded to a new version. What does this mean? A better user experience (UX) for you.

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Over the past year, we have listened to patron suggestions and feedback about our current catalogs and how to make it better. With this new upgrade, it should answer many of the concerns shared via the recent tech survey, and comments expressed by our patrons in person and via email.

The new catalog will be easier to use. Here’s how:

  • It will provide more relevant search results.
  • Still use the features people have grown to love: narrowing down search options by format (i.e., DVD, Large Print, Electronic resource, CD Books), creating lists, my account features, including the ability to create your own, and simpler, login ID.
  • Provide direct links with the Library2go website for downloading ebooks and audiobooks.
  • An improved list creation and saved searches option will save users time.

What will be different about it?

  • The user interface (i.e., the look). We believe this is a good thing. Most people are used to searching for information Google- or Bing-style, with one search bar. The new catalog will search the same way,as well as being more forgiving with spelling variations.
  • Setting limits. Limiting your search by format (DVD, Large Print, etc.) can be done after your initial search. Example: Want new large print books added to the collection? Search “large print” first, then narrow down by collection “large print,” and then sort by “newly added”.

Why the change?

  • Our vendor, TLC, has upgraded the new catalog interface to better support users and connect to other services such as Library2Go.
  • Our vendor is no longer supporting the Classic Catalog. (Users will still be able to access it by bookmarking this link, but they must know that as it ages, it will no longer be accurate or useful).

Resources to help with the transition:

In order to help with the transition, we have created a “Catalog Upgrade Central” site that has links to training videos, downloadable tutorials, and an FAQ section.

In addition, Librarians are standing by to answer any and all questions you may have regarding the transition to the new catalog. You can reach us by email, phone (541-766-6793), text, and of course, in person.

For the month of April, we are offering 15-minute “Book a Librarian” appointments where patrons can have a personal tutorial to the catalog and answer questions. (Please contact us to set up an appointment).

We are striving to provide the best possible service to our community and we believe this upcoming enhancement to the catalog will be another way to help you find what you need.

Image adapted from Lion in my computer by josue64

Posted by Lindy, a second floor librarian

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