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The Library Catalog Is Getting A New Look!

   Saturday, August 11th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

New CatalogThe library catalog for the Merrimack Valley is in the process of getting both a new look and some new features. Chelmsford is one of the libraries that will be testing out the new catalog - and we'd like to hear what you think.

Try Out the New Catalog

Some of the new features are:

  • Cleaner look & faster loading
  • Better search options
  • Keep track of items you've checked out
  • More bookbags options (now called My Lists)
  • Stay logged in at home

Read about how to use some of the new features in this version of the catalog.

We'll be testing the new version of the catalog until September, when it will go live for all the area libraries. In the meantime, our old catalog is still available.

Love it or hate it, please submit your feedback through the "Patron Catalog Survey" link in the top right corner of the new catalog! Or, talk to any library staff person - and ask us questions, too!

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Patron Survey: What Do You Think of Our Catalog?

   Monday, December 12th, 2011 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Evergreen logoWhen the Chelmsford Library, as part of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC), got the new Evergreen catalog earlier this year, part of the funding came from a grant awarded to MassLNC. One of the requirements of that grant is to report back on how patrons like the new catalog.

To that end, all MVLC libraries are asking their patrons to complete a short survey to share their experiences. There is also a spot to make suggestions for features you'd like to see added.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey - it will be available through the first week of January 2012.

If you need any help or have questions about using the catalog, please contact the Reference Desk. Thanks!

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Access to the Virtual Catalog is Back!

   Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

At long last (although it's only been a few months), library patrons can once again place requests in the statewide Virtual Catalog.

This functionality was lost when we migrated from our old catalog to the new Evergreen catalog, because Evergreen and the Virtual Catalog were not able to communicate properly. All summer, developers at the MVLC Central Site office have been working on restoring this communication, and after this weekend's update, it's finally back.

Here's how connecting to the Virtual Catalog works in Evergreen:

At the bottom of every page, there is a Virtual Catalog link. You should still search the MVLC catalog first, but if you can't find what you're looking for, click the Virtual Catalog link at the bottom of each catalog page (or contact the library).

Virtual Catalog link in the Chelmsford Library catalog

This will link you to the Virtual Catalog login page. On this page, first, use the dropdown box in the middle of the page to choose the library in which you'd like to pick up the item you are going to request. Second, enter your library card number into the box at right, and then click the Begin Searching the Virtual Catalog button.

Virtual Catalog login page

From that point on, searching and requesting in the Virtual Catalog works just like it did before - find the item you'd like, click the blue request button, and complete the form. You can also check your Virtual Catalog account to view the status of the requests you've placed through the Virtual Catalog.

We're very happy to have this functionality restored. If you have any questions about the Virtual Catalog, or need help placing a request, please contact the Reference Desk at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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Catalog Help: Frequently Asked (and Answered) Questions on Using the Catalog

   Friday, September 9th, 2011 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Help DeskThe library's catalog, called Evergreen, is shared by the 36 libraries that make up the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC). The Chelmsford Library and MVLC have created help pages that explain how to use the catalog, as well as highlight some of its features.

Catalog Help Topics

We'll add more information to our Catalog Help page as it is developed.

Questions?

If you have any questions or need more help with any aspect of the catalog, please contact the Reference Desk at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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Catalog Help: Using and Sharing Bookbags

   Thursday, September 1st, 2011 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Help DeskOne of the features of our new Evergreen catalog is the "Bookbag" function. This lets you create different lists within your account, so you can track or share your activity or interests.

You can create as many bookbags as you like, use them for whatever you like, and add as many items to them as you like.

Ideas for Bookbags

  • Books you've read, movies you've seen, etc
  • Books you'd like to read, movies you'd like to see, etc
  • Your Top Ten favorite movies, etc
  • Lists divided by genre (ie, mystery books, history books, etc)
  • List of items for other people (ie, books Mom would enjoy)
  • Wish list for gifts

For instructions on how to create, use, and share bookbags, visit our Catalog Help: Using Bookbags page - or, contact the Reference Desk at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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