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The new catalog we're getting at the library will look and act pretty differently from our current catalog - it'll still have the same basic features and functions (and then some), but the links, buttons, and information will be in different places.
We'll be posting how-to instructions for using the catalog soon, but we're still getting a lot of general question about the migration process. We've compiled a list of common questions and answers, but here are a few of the most significant:
Check out the full list of questions and answers so far. If you have additional questions, please contact the Reference Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-256-5521 x211.Posted in Library Information | No Comments »
The Chelmsford Library will be changing to a new catalog on May 31st, along with the rest of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. The new catalog, called Evergreen, will still contain all the books, movies, music, and other items in the libraries of the Merrimack Valley, but will also include new features and conveniences.
Although the launch isn't until Memorial Day weekend, we'll be posting information about the new catalog - including answers to common questions - at http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/newcatalog
Some common questions so far are:
Please check out the answers, and if you have any questions at all, please contact Brian Herzog, Head of Reference, at email@example.com or 978-256-5521 x211.
Although development on the new catalog is still progressing, a demo version - for testing purposes only! - is available. Give it a try, and let us know what you think.
This is a major change for us - we've had our existing catalog for over 10 years. The new catalog is designed to continually upgraded and improved, so we expect more new features to be added after the launch, too!Posted in Current News, Library Information | No Comments »
As a patron of the Chelmsford Library, you have access to the books, movies, magazines and other materials of the 36 member libraries of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium.
You can request items in Chelmsford and/or from other libraries, and these items will be sent to Chelmsford for you to pickup.
To request an item through our online catalog, first search for the title you're looking for. Then, on either the search results screen or the item details screen, you should see a "Request Item" button on the right side.
When you click that you'll be prompted to enter your library card number (no spaces) and your PIN. Your PIN should be the last four digits of the telephone number you gave us when you signed up for your library card.
If that doesn't work, please call us at 978-256-5521 x211 and we can reset your PIN.
After you enter this information, you'll be shown your position in the request list (if it says you are 1, then there is no one waiting ahead of you for the same title), and you'll be able to choose the library in which you'd like to pick up the item. To submit the request, click the "Request" button.
If there you encounter any trouble along the way, or have any questions, please let us know via email or call us at the Reference Desk at 978-256-5521 x211 for help. Posted in Library Information, Web Tools | No Comments »
Searching the library's catalog can sometimes be quirky, so here are a few tips explaining how it works, and how to more easily find what you're looking for.
Using the Basic Search is best when you're starting out, or know a little but about what you want to find. For instance, if you know some of the title and the author's last name, Basic Search is perfect. You can even use the General Keyword to combine words from the author and title.
Using the Advanced Search
General Search Tips:
If you have any questions on the search tips above, or have questions about finding items in the catalog or on the shelves, please contact the Reference Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-256-5521.
Thanks to Tracy Swaim at MVLC for creating a list of search tips.Posted in Computer | No Comments »
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