A Day in the Life with the New Catalog

A staff member’s day with the Library’s new catalog:

12:33 PM: While on a break, I want to do a quick post to my blog about a documentary I watched last night, but can’t remember the name. I type “dogs unconditional” into the new catalog’s search box and the film pops up as the very first result: My Dog, An Unconditional Love Story. I put a link to the item in my review, knowing it’s a permanent link that will never change.  While I’m at it, I add the review as a comment under the item in the catalog.

1:04 PM: Loving the ability to sign in with a username instead of having to remember all those numbers! I renew a few DVDs, note my place in the holds queue for the Stieg Larsson audiobooks (yep–staff have to wait too), notice a Glee album is in transit (finally!), and suspend a few holds until next year.

4:05 PM: I get two patrons in a row seeking books in Spanish. The ease of customizing a search in the new catalog makes me giddy: type in the keyword “Christmas,” click on Spanish under the By Language category, choose Book under the Format menu and then choose Children under the Audience menu. With just a glance at the green font, I see we have quite a few children’s books about Christmas in Spanish right now. ¡Excelente!

5:17 PM: A patron relays her attempt (without success) to find the book Freedom by Jonathan Franzen in our old catalog. We go over to the catalog search station, she types in “freedom” as a keyword, and it’s the very first result that pops up.

6:00 PM: Last break before closing. I’m slightly obsessed with a video game that just came out and search the new catalog for its guide. I get no results after trying a couple of searches, so I go down to the bottom of the page and click on Purchase Suggestion. Remembering that I volunteered to sew costumes for a video game convention next year despite zero sewing experience, I search users’ lists for ideas of where to start.  Easy sewing? Right up my alley.

8:28 PM: Checking from home. Huzzah! I moved up five spaces for Stieg Larsson!

2 thoughts on “A Day in the Life with the New Catalog”

  1. Thanks for the pep talk about the new catalog. Lots of great new features. Those of us who use the catalog a lot will find it much better than the old one. Just need to get used to it.

  2. I agree– it does take some getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you find yourself going, “How did I ever find anything before?!”

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