Rate items, write reviews and create lists in the new library catalog

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One of the new personalized features of the enhanced library catalog is a tool called ‘My Discoveries,’ which lets users rate items, write reviews, create lists and apply subject tags to items. This content can be kept private or shown to other users. And the best part is, you can create your own user name and password for ‘My Discoveries’ that is easy to remember.

We caught up with Library Director Charles Brown to find out how he uses the new tool.

“Like most library customers, I enjoy keeping track of the items I’ve read and plan to read,” says Brown, “’My Discoveries’ is a great way to create and save a list of items one might want to check out later. Plus, being able to rate books and share reviews makes using the library’s catalog even more interactive and enjoyable for book lovers like me.”

Library Director Charles Brown enjoys finding good reads.

Library Director Charles Brown enjoys finding good reads.

So what’s on the Library Director’s list of books?

“I’m currently reading ‘Lady in Red: An Eighteenth-Century Tale of Sex, Scandal and Divorce’ by Hallie Rubenhold. I’m also looking forward to reading Pat Conroy’s highly-touted ‘South of Broad’ and completing ‘The Emperor of Ocean Park,’ Stephen L. Carter’s beautifully written but somewhat overlong first work of fiction.”

Visit the enhanced catalog and give ‘My Discoveries’ a try, then tell us what you think. You can even watch a short video that gives a guided tour of this cool new feature.

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4 Responses to “Rate items, write reviews and create lists in the new library catalog”

  1. Matthew Says:

    I can’t add all the items I want to to lists, and this is a big problem with the “enhanced” catalog. Now, do NOT block this comment like you have all of my other recent comments, because this is important: http://i31.tinypic.com/97pkp5.jpg

    LOOK at that screenshot, and tell me why the 1 items can be added to a list, and the next one below it CANNOT. How am I supposed to make a list when I’m being told what not to save?

  2. Sarah Poole Says:

    Hi, Matthew.

    I hope we haven’t missed any of your recent posts. I certainly haven’t been blocking them. I do know that I had to fish one out of our spam filter recently, but if you recently posted something and it didn’t appear, please do let me know.

    Regarding the issue with the lists in “My Discoveries”, I’m going to ask our cataloging guru to investigate this and post a reply. Thanks for bringing this to our attention and for including a screen shot.

    Sarah

  3. Michael Engelbrecht Says:

    Hello Matthew,

    The “save or tag” option is based upon how items are cataloged. “My Discoveries” works by looking at information in the item’s record like: author, language, format. Not all items have all of that information, like the DVD in your screenshot does not have an author. We are working with the vendor to adjust these settings on the items that currently do not have the option to “save or tag”.

    I appreciate your attention to detail and am glad you ar using My Discoveries.

    Michael

  4. Matthew Says:

    I very much hoped that I would be able to make lists of everything like I had with the previous catalog version, but multiple items weren’t letting me add them to lists, so I basically can’t do anything with My Discoveries. I’d certainly like to use it. I hope that the vendor can fix the issue.

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