Archive for June, 2018

Check Out the Library Catalog’s Makeover!

Anyone who’s used our Classic Catalog interface to look for library materials might have noticed that its appearance is a little retro.  This is about to change, as we’ve given our old catalog a makeover that updates its look and makes it a lot more user friendly. Classic Catalog has served us well, but we think everyone will be excited by the improved experience they’ll get with our new catalog interface, Enterprise. It lets you do almost everything that Classic Catalog could do while also adding some great new features.

Browsing

One of the first things you’ll notice about Enterprise’s landing page is its rotating gallery of new materials in our catalog. Click on the button next to any new title in the gallery to see where it’s located in our collection. Alternately, you can change over to see galleries of faculty publications. This new front page lets you browse and keep up with the materials we’re adding every day. Plus, it keeps the same navigational capability but with more intuitively laid-out buttons and links that enhance usability.

Searching

Enterprise’s search functions are as robust as our old catalog’s, but fields are bigger, and buttons and drop down menus have larger print, which makes it much easier to click your way through to the results list. It’s also easier to find links to log in to your library account and to find relevant library information. Put simply, there’s just more room to breathe! One change you’ll see is that, while the old catalog required an AND between words to fully search all of the catalog fields, in Enterprise, you just enter the words without anything in between.

Filtering

Probably the most exciting thing about Enterprise is its added filtering options. If you’ve ever dreaded wading through several hundred results with the Classic Catalog interface, you’ll be relieved to hear that the new catalog has amped up filtering features that let you sift through and categorize your results in seconds. For each search you run, results will be sortable by author, material type, subject, and date. That means if you’re looking for a DVD and not a book, or if you know you want the high voice edition, you can cut through the clutter of too many results and find your item faster!

Because old habits die hard, we’ll be leaving Classic Catalog up through the end of June. But we hope you’ll take this chance to check out the new kid on the block — Enterprise. We’ll be working all summer to fine-tune and optimize it for a prime-time debut in the fall, so please give us your feedback!