Links on the New Catalog Home Page

From the New Catalog home page, you can easily link to other information about the Library and Library materials:

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The links are grouped into two areas. On the left side 1, you can click on links to browse new titles, titles by genre or format, or you can view reading lists on particular topics. There are also links to the PPLD Book Club Collection and services to provide reading suggestions to you. We have also maintained a link to the Classic Catalog on the left side.

We plan to maintain access to the Classic Catalog3 but will not be able to update it with new features.

If you have utilized the Tell Me When favorites feature in the Classic Catalog, you will need to log on to your account via the Classic Catalog to manage your favorites. This feature has not yet been incorporated into the New Catalog. Though we have asked the vendor to add this feature or a similar one, we don’t know if that will happen.

The right side of the Catalog home page 2 contains links that direct you to library hours and locations, checkout limits, research databases, CyberShelf, and the PPLD Home page. There is also a link to request titles that you do not find in the Catalog, through purchase or Interlibrary Loan.

Below these links on the right side, you can use the Ask PPLD IM reference services to send a reference question to a Librarian and get an immediate reply.

Comments

New Catalog has good features!

Most folks don't like change, but sometimes it's worth the trouble. The new catalog improves on at least 2 features that I use heavily: New DVD search and Placing holds -- faster and easier! Overall, it's a better product as far as I can tell.

The Favorites / Tell Me When feature is also one of my favorites, but as long as I can get to it through the classic catalog, I'm happy. The e-mail announcements seem to be working fine.

Thanks for your efforts!

New Catalog

I really, really dislike the new catalog. I haven't been able to search for Cybershelf books. It is confusing and not user friendly like the old search method.

I do not plan to be using the library for my Nook anymore.

I haven't even found a help menu for searching the Cybershelf. This was a huge mistake.

Hi, I hope I can provide

Hi,

I hope I can provide information to help your search of Cybershelf. First, to clarify, there are two ways to get to the Cybershelf materials from the classic catalog and the new catalog, and they are the same in each catalog.

1. There is a link directly out to the Cybershelf collections from the new catalog and it is the same link out to the various e-material providers that constitute Cybershelf that is on the classic catalog. When you click on that link, you then choose whether you want ebook, eaudio, emusic or evideo items. You are then placed in another vendor’s software to search their materials. It is not the PPLD catalog, classic or new.

2. You can also search for e-materials through the new catalog as you can in the classic catalog. If you wanted to find an ebook version of “The Mammoth Hunters” by Jean Auel, you can just type in “Mammoth Hunters” in the new catalog search box, and then find the ebook format of the title on the search results page (it’s the 3rd item in the results list, after the book and CDBook formats of the title). When you go into the details of the ebook record, there is a link that will take you directly to the Cybershelf vendor that provides access to the title. From there, you are in that vendor’s software. This is the same situation in the classic catalog. The Cybershelf ebook vendor is working on improving the search method in their software.

In the new catalog, you can also do an easy search of just ebooks by selecting “Cybershelf” from the “Libraries and Articles” drop down menu and putting in an author or subject term.

I’m not clear on how you were searching for ebooks in the classic catalog that is different from the options in the new catalog. I would be happy to try to assist further if you would like to contact me at jpierce@ppld.org.

We also have a help guide for Cybershelf located here: http://ppld.org/cybershelf-help

New and Improved?

If the "New and Improved" catelog doesn't feature the ability to flag favorite authors and doesn't support the "tell me" feature, it's not an improvement and I, for one, won't be using it, so I would have to consider whatever you are paying the vendor a waste of money.

Reply to "New and Improved?"

We also like the “favorites/tell me when” feature in the Classic Catalog, and have encouraged the vendor to integrate it into the New Catalog. Additionally, we’ve looked at, and will continue to consider, other vendors’ products that provide the same type of email notification when a new item by a favorite author is added to the catalog.

As much as we hate to lose this functionality, we needed to provide a better search mechanism for patrons. The index-based searching of traditional online library catalogs can be tricky, and patrons often didn’t find items that they were looking for. Our top priority in looking for a new catalog interface was to find one that helped patrons find those items. Over the past five years, a number of catalog interface products have been developed that utilize a simple search and relevance ranking, and they greatly improve most patrons’ search experience. We evaluated a number of those products in depth to make our decision. I hope you will give the New Catalog a try for general searching, and we will maintain access to the Classic Catalog for patrons that want to add or remove favorites from their accounts.

-Jenny/PPLD IT Department