23rd October 2012
Better online browsing for Library users
Shetland Library has launched a new online public access catalogue. The service allows customers to browse library stock, request and renew items, and check their loans through the Internet. This new version has a clearer and more attractive interface, better search features, and displays book jacket images. It also provides more information about each item, including a short introduction or description and clear format information for talking books, music CDs, DVDs and large print titles.
Library Systems Officer David Thomson, who managed the project, says: “The online catalogue is well used and improves the service to folk who might not be able to visit the library. Some mobile Library customers request all their books online and then collect them from the mobile, which is a great saving on time and travel.”
Vaila Wishart, Chair of the Education and Families Committee, viewed the new catalogue and commented: “It looks much clearer and more informative. It will be especially useful for folk who stay outside of Lerwick and on the isles, and I am glad to hear online Library services are already so popular.”
There is a link to the new catalogue on the Library website at www.shetland-library.gov.uk. The Library has also introduced ebook lending this year, and is planning further improvements to online services.
Photo shows Systems Assistant Nicola Sinclair (right) demonstrating the differences between the old catalogue and the new to Vaila Wishart. The old interface is on the laptop and the new one on the tablet computer.