Ohrstrom Library’s New Catalog: A Summer Makeover

By - Systems Librarian September 11th, 2009

Kevin Barry – Library Director

Ohrstrom Library’s online catalog has a whole new look and feel. Over the summer months Library staff have been working hard to customize the new catalog, incorporating graphics and a color palette in concert with Ohrstrom Library’s other web resources. The “out of the box” functional elements have been reorganized and rewritten with a focus specifically on the Ohrstrom users’ needs.

Be assured the new Online Catalog includes all the familiar information and options offered by the earlier catalog interface. You will continue to see a basic record, location and call number for any item held by the library, and you will continue to be able to do advanced searches, opt to view a full catalog record, mark records for printing, and sort by a variety of elements. While searching the online catalog, you will now be able to see the exact date due back for any item in circulation.

In the upcoming weeks you will receive a user ID number and pin number via email.  This will allow you to log in to the “My Account” area to place online holds, renew items, and to view the items you have checked out.

A specially customized Help file is available in PDF format, accessible through links located on every page of the catalog. It provides basic information on new features like “My Account” as well as searching tips and guidelines. If you have any questions about searching the new catalog  don’t hesitate to contact Library staff.

The Library staff is very pleased with this new online searching interface and excited about expanding the usability of the Library’s holdings through the improvements it provides.

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