If you use the Library’s online catalog, you should notice some changes and improvements today:
- Batch Requests – Now you can place a hold request directly from your BookCart. Or do a batch request, and place holds on ALL the titles in your cart at one time. You can also batch email and add to My Lists from your cart.
- Toolbar – Individual catalog records now include the toolbar at the top of the page
- Recent Searches – Now the catalog displays a history of your recent searches so you can easily return to previously viewed titles or search strategies.
- Improved Searching – New settings offer better results for popular titles with many copies, as well as single word titles.
And based on user feedback, we’ve switched to a streamlined two-column layout with more white space and an easier-to-read font.
It's very jarring to have the My Account look so different from the catalog. I wasn't sure where I was at first.
not finding the new catalog user friendly. i used to like to browse new fiction – and before things switched this winter, I could browse what has been ordered but is not yet in the library. can't do that at all now (or at least i can't figure out how to do it and there are no directions) and the new brows function– I haven't uet had it load up.
Basic web design… Either use the same masthead as the rest of the library's site or at least put the library's logo in the conventional location at the upper-left of the page so people will know where they are.
When we go to the login page, it's annoying not to have the cursor already blinking in the username / library card number field. Could you please add the blinking cursor and save us a step? Thanks!
The Librarians says
Anonymous on June 7, regarding the cursor -Thanks for bringing this to our attention – we hadn't realized that feature had stopped working. It should be back now!
Why was there no information posted regarding the changes in ADVANCE? I have just figured out where everything was on the last catalog and now I have to readjust myself for this one!
The Librarians says
Anonymous on June 8 -We understand how frustrating it can be when things like the catalog change without notice. In this case, we were the very first public library to roll out this version of the software, so even we weren't certain what it would look like, and how the page would change.We'll continue to try to prepare users for big changes that affect functionality or require downtime, as we did in February. But many of the smaller fixes, updates and style changes – like this one – are easier to introduce once users can see and try them out for themselves. We hope the basic catalog functions – the search box, holds and "My Account" functions – soon become as familiar as they were in the previous catalog "skin." But if you have to spend more than 5 minutes figuring something out, please let us know.