March 29, 2012 – SALT LAKE CITY – The City Library today announced that a new online catalog will be available April 1 to make finding library materials easier, faster, more intuitive, and a lot more fun. The social networking-inspired catalog is available for a sneak peek at http://slcpl.bibliocommons.com.
"Libraries are about discovering, connecting, and sharing, and our new catalog reflects that," said Deborah Ehrman, Associate Director of Library Experiences and the Main Library. "Some people looking for materials come to the Library to tap into our librarians' expertise. However, we realize that almost 2 million people will access our collection online this year, looking for information and resources without a librarian guiding them. We needed to make their discovery experience as easy and intuitive as possible."
With the Library's new catalog, patrons will be able to:
- Find:Behind the scenes, a smarter search gives you better results. And the sleek, modern interface provides easy ways to narrow or expand your search or browse for related items.
- Explore the collection better: Not sure what you're looking for? Peruse bestsellers, new additions to the collection, award winners, or materials that are generating a lot of interest. You can also browse the shelves virtually.
- Share: Share your ratings, comments, tags and more with other users. Follow users with similar interest and tastes and get recommendations. You can also easily share your interests through your other accounts, like Facebook and Twitter.
- Keep Track: Use your three virtual shelves (Complete, In Progress, and For Later) to keep track of all of your books, music, and movies. Next time you can't remember a title, you can check your shelves!
- Create: Share your interests and enthusiasm about a topic by building lists to share within a community of users with similar tastes and interests.
- Borrow: It's now even easier to place holds and renew items online!
The Bibliocommons catalog is already being used by hundreds of leading libraries in North America, including New York Public Library, Boston Public Library, and Seattle Public Library.
"We selected Bibliocommons not only for its fantastic discovery capabilities and social features, but also because it lays the foundation for us to incorporate much of our electronic content – databases, streaming media, and e-books – into a single, easy-to-use search environment," said Julianne Hancock, Manager of Communications and Library Innovation. "Circulation of things like books and DVDs is reducing, while demand for electronic content is increasing. We want to make our entire collection easy to discover and access."
Mobile apps that will allow patrons to access the catalog and manage their accounts will be available in April for devices running on Android and iOS operating systems.