Wednesday, February 20, 2013
In recent weeks, some exciting changes have been made to several of our electronic resources. The online catalog, Interlibrary Loan/Marina interface, and Overdrive have all been updated within past few months. And that’s only the beginning!
Will MCPL’s online catalog boldly go where no catalog has gone before? Well, not quite, but Enterprise does have a few nifty new features. By logging into your account, you can create your own lists of favorite reads, books you’ve read or would like to read, etc. You can also text links to the catalog record of any book you are looking for right to smartphone or tablet device. No more jotting that title down on paper before you run into the library to look for it! For those who prefer the old version of the catalog, it hasn’t gone away and can be found here or by clicking the “Classic Catalog” link on the upper lefthand side of the new catalog.
In mid-January, Marina, the State of Maryland’s Interlibrary Loan service, introduced a new interface for its online catalog called Relais
more clearly identifies items by type (book, audio, video) and whether they are currently holdable or not. It also provides customers with an estimated date when many items that are presently unholdable because they are unavailable or new will become holdable. Perhaps the biggest change is that requests for materials that are not found in Marina (and must be searched for in a wider area using OCLC) can only be made by logging into Relais
. The form is generated when a search brings up no results and can also be accessed by click on “Your Account” at the top of the screen.
OverDrive users may have noticed that the checkout process has been streamlined. The step of adding a title to your basket has been eliminated so that items can be checked out after the first click. The new interface
also makes it easier to tell if an item is available or not. If the book or headphones icon in the upper right corner of each title image is grayed out, it’s unavailable and must be placed on hold. If the icon is solid black, you can download it right away. You can also more easily refine your search results to only available titles by clicking on the “Available Now” box at the top of the search results screen. (Searching with OverDrive Media Console
on your tablet or smartphone? You can refine your search in the same easy way.) There’s also a new “OverDrive READ” format. These eBooks opened right from any browser, eReader, or tablet without having to download any special software or apps.