On May 1, if all goes well, the look and feel of the catalog will change. We are pretty excited about it. The new catalog will make it easier to find things, to get recommendations and to manage your account. We realize change can be stressful, so we will do what we can to make it easier. We will have a class on the new system on the morning of May 17 and again on the night of the 23rd. The librarians are busy familiarizing themselves with a preview version, so they can better answer your questions. So what’s the big deal?
Here are just a few examples:
- When you search for an item, you will see all the different available formats at once including downloadable versions. For example, Where the Crawdads Sing is available in seven different formats: plain old book; large print; audiobook on cd; playaway; epub; kindle; and eAudiobook. In the old catalog, you would only see the non-downloadable versions and each format would be a separate entry. If you ever thought you had placed a hold on a book but then got an audiobook, you know why this is an improvement. For downloadable versions you would have to leave the catalog and then log into Libby (aka Overdrive) and or Hoopla and then search. Now you can see them all at once with one search.
- The catalog will give you suggestions when you are searching. Let’s say you always incorrectly add an extra “i” to Curtis Sittenfeld’s name, making her Sittenfield. In the old catalog you’d just end up with no results. In the new catalog, once you start typing “Curtis,” it will suggest “Sittenfeld, Curtis.”
- You can rank books and then the catalog will make suggestions based upon your ranking.
Like all new things, there are bound to be problems initially. There are two things you can do. First, please be patient, but second, and more importantly, let us know! We can’t fix things if we don’t know if they are wrong. Contact the librarians at the Information Desk (914-834-2281 x. 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org). They will be glad to help you. Also, there is a link to a survey at the top of the new catalog’s page. That will help us, the Library System and the software’s developers know what works and what doesn’t.