Stillwater Public Library upgrades online catalog for easier use

catalog(STILLWATER, OKLA. / May 29, 2014) – The Stillwater Public Library is introducing a new catalog to make looking up books and material easier for readers.  The new catalog provides many features that computer users see on their favorite websites.

“One of the best changes in the catalog is that it shares many features common to sites like Google, Amazon and eBay,” said Lynda Reynolds, library director. “These websites became popular because of what they do, but also because they are simple to use.  That is why we decided to upgrade to a system that is similar to other top sites.” 

According to Reynolds, the new catalog allows users to narrow their search results with a set of limiting options that appear on each page like the ones on Amazon and eBay.  In addition, users will get suggested searches when they begin to type into a search window and results will be returned even if a keyword, name or title is misspelled.

“This type of corrective searching is one of the most popular features on sites like Google,” said Reynolds.  “We want looking for a book to be that easy.”

To make searching even easier, the library’s new catalog lets library users find both physical items and downloadable items in one search. Available digital items have a download button which will take users directly to the item’s checkout page in Oklahoma Virtual Library.

“The one stop searching is our favorite new feature,” said Reynolds. “This option even gives library users results for magazine and journal abstracts from our magazine database.”

Another favorite feature is the addition of the Facebook “Like” option.  Each item’s record contains a “Like” button so that readers can share their favorite books with their friends.

Library users can begin using these features by testing the new catalog now.  To access it, visit the library’s webpage at http://library.stillwater.org.  From there, click on the link to the “New Catalog” on the right hand menu.

Reynolds encourages the public to provide feedback on the new catalog and says that the library has more local control over how this system operates, as opposed to the older catalog.

 “So far, we have received very positive feedback,” said Reynolds.  “But we are happy that we can make changes for our customers as we get more feedback.  We hope everyone will tell us what they like and do not like about the new catalog.

For readers who are not yet ready to make the switch to the new catalog, the library will leave a link to the “Classic Catalog” on the library’s webpage.

“We want to make the transition to the new catalog easy,” said Reynolds. “So we will be keeping the “Classic Catalog” for several months until our users get adjusted. But, by the end of summer, we will be using the new catalog exclusively.”

For assistance in using the new catalog, the library is providing training classes, online tutorials and information sheets to its users.  For information about these training aides visit the library website or email askalibrarian@stillwater.org.  For help via phone, call 405.372.3633 x8106.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).