Friday, May 11, 2012

Coming Soon to a Catalog Near You -- Oceanbooks

Over the years, patrons have asked if they can save “to do” or “wish” lists on our catalog. Their intent is to make lists of materials they want to read, or movies they want to watch. Patrons have also asked if there is a way to review a history of items they’ve checked out. Unfortunately, our answer to these questions has always been, “ no” … up until now, that is.

That “no” will change to “yes” on May 15, when Newport Public Library, in partnership with Driftwood Public Library and Tillamook County Library, introduces its new Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). With this new OPAC, patrons will – at their choosing – have the ability to save lists and histories of their library use. And while they won’t be able to go back and retrospectively capture a history of everything they’ve checked out, they will be able to start keeping track of materials they check out from May 15th and beyond.

 Also, patrons will no longer need to search a separate database for magazine articles. Books, DVDs, CDs AND full-text magazine and journal articles will all show up in the results list. Patrons doing in-depth research will find this to be a great time-saving feature. These are just a few of the new features that will be available to patrons. To use our new OPAC, go to encore.oceanbooks.org.

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