Starting today, you will see big changes in the way you search for books and other items on our website. When you go to our catalog, there will be a new interface called Enterprise, and it has a lot of helpful new features. (To take a quick look, click here http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default .)
Right on the first page, there’s a drop-down box that gives you a bunch of lists of the most popular titles around the country — even manga!
Not only can you make your own lists of titles that interest you, but you can text them or email them to yourself or your friends. Or you can text a link to the detailed catalog page about a particular item.
One of my favorites — as an impatient person — is that you can limit your search to only items that are available right now and skip all the stuff that’s already checked out or we haven’t even received yet. If you do have a little bit of patience, you can see how many holds the title already has and compare that to the number of copies we own so you can decide whether you want to make that title one of your five precious holds.
Even better, you can limit your search to items available right now at your branch.
If you don’t like to type, you may appreciate that the new system will respond to the first letters you type with suggestions of what you are seeking.
Let’s say you have a book that is due and you forgot where you put it or even what it looks like. As of today, the list of books in your account shows the covers.
Maybe you want a book on a certain subject, but you want it only in non-fiction, or perhaps in fiction. Either way, now you can specify that. Equally helpful, you can can specify that you want material for children, young adults or adults?
At ACPL? Surely not!
Well, OK, so far you can’t use the system to ask us to purchase a book, but we are working on it and hope the final process will be much like the old one. In the meantime, of course, you can ask a librarian to submit a request for you.
Some of the publication dates on the lists of items are wrong. Click into the actual item record for better information for now, but we’re working on that one, too.
And you’ll probably have to practice a bit to get used to the Include / Exclude options along the left side of the page when you are searching. When you change the search terms, it wipes out the options you chose and you’ll need to repeat or adjust them.
For several days, if you have a problem with the new system or want to make a copy of your My Discoveries lists, you’ll still be able to use the old system by going to http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us .
Mainly, though, as with any new complex software, there are bound to be glitches and hassles. We hope you’ll be patient in the days and weeks ahead and let librarians know of any problems our staff may need to address. Once we all get accustomed to the changes, Enterprise will let you boldly search in ways you have not searched before.