Regular visitors to the Okanagan Regional Library’s web site and online catalogue will notice a recent big change.
The catalogue is the most visited part of the ORL web site, where customers can search for resources, place holds and manage their accounts.
The enhanced catalogue will include all of these functions, plus add interactive elements such as being able to write comments and rate materials, create reading lists, and follow recommendations of other library users throughout North America.
This new catalogue is powered through software called BiblioCommons, a company based in Toronto.
Over the past two years, BiblioCommons software has been implemented to manage catalogues at some of the largest public libraries throughout the continent including New York Public Library.
Using the enhanced catalogue means ORL customers will be able to view comments and reading recommendations from library users at all libraries that run BiblioCommons software.
“This enhancement really brings the ORL’s catalogue into the social networking age,” said Lesley Dieno, the ORL’s executive director. “It allows customers to interact and participate in the library experience in much the same way Facebook acts for their social lives, or the way some book retail web sites allow for ratings and comments.”