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New Features Coming To Library’s Computer Catalog


On February 1, the Estes Valley Library will launch a new version of its online catalog, offering patrons—both in the library and at home—an array of new features for easier searching and browsing. The new software takes advantage of many online innovations of the last decade, complete with moving images, interactive features, and a more “Google-like” display of search results. A special Library workshop on February 8 at 1 p.m. will highlight these services.

Among the new features is a beautiful display called the Book River, showcasing images of book covers from the Library’s collection in a horizontally flowing display. Library cardholders may also create their own personal logins and save lists of favorite books or titles they plan to read. Patrons will be able to offer feedback on the latest books they’ve read—rating a title from one to five stars—and even write a brief book review. Library patrons will also find enhancements in how they are able to sort the results in their catalog search. These new features will also be available for users of mobile devices, including Android and Apple-based products, simply by downloading the application.

Many library patrons will find searching within the new format to be intuitive—as these features are modeled after design innovations of many popular web sites. In addition, the Library’s staff is happy to assist anyone—either in person or by phone—who is navigating the new catalog for the first time.

The Library is hosting several free workshops this year to acquaint cardholders with these changes as well as many other powerful tools within both the catalog and member account management. The upcoming Library Tech Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8 at 1 p.m. at the Library. Attendees will learn effective ways to search the catalog, how to access their account online to renew materials and place holds, and how to request materials from regional libraries through “Interlibrary Loan.” No advance registration is required.

To learn more about these and other services, contact the Estes Valley Library at (970) 568-8116 or visit the website at estesvalleylibrary.org

 

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