Thursday, July 26, 2007

Catalog’s New Look Means New Features Too

Screenshot of the catalog's new look
The new design of the library catalog is more than just a beauty makeover. With this updated look come some innovative functions that make searching more productive and that offer users new opportunities for rating and reviewing library material.

For better searching, the improved keyword search option brings the best matches to the top of the results list and also organizes the results based on relevance. From here users can choose which items best match what they had in mind. Another new feature lets anyone with a JCLC library card rate items in the catalog on a five-star rating system, and anyone using the catalog will recognize the iconic appraisal device at once.

Coming soon, the spell-checking feature will reduce searching errors generated by misspelled or mistyped words and will help with nonstandard or confusing spelling as well. And in the near future, users will be able to write and add their own reviews of the books, movies, and music offered by the library.

A new look, new features, and the same great service are all online at www.bplonline.org.

4 comments:

Tressa Fancher said...

Ooh, I just love to rate stuff. I just gave HP and the Deathly Hallows its well-earned 5 stars.

Mojo Denbow said...

Looks good, Melinda! However, when I tried to click on a star for rating a book, the stars "jumped" up and down when clicking it. Did not register the rating at all. Using Firefox 2.5

Thanks!

Melinda Shelton said...

Chris,
It does jump around in Firefox. We tried to replicate the issue of not registering the rating and so far have been unable to recreate the problem. We are still investigating. Thanks for letting us know.

Elizabeth said...

I think have have found the place where it does not register the ratings. I am seeing what we can do to fix it.