Encore: The New Library Catalog Search

Encore 

Our online catalog is getting a face lift! Starting next week, KDL will unveil a new interface that will make finding what the library has to offer easier and more engaging than ever before. The new interface, called Encore, will reveal content such as media and e-books, suggestions of recently added or popular items, tags added by library users, and more. Best of all, this will all be accessible from a single search box.

The new system will enhance our ability to better meet your information needs. Whether searching on a subject or a specific book or CD, you will be able to find what you’re looking for more easily than ever before. Encore will display items clearly listed by relevance and can be effortlessly expanded or refined according to publication date, branch or library, language, or subject as presented in a tag cloud.

We’re very excited about the new catalog enhancements and hope you will be too. Stay tuned!

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10 Responses to “Encore: The New Library Catalog Search”

  1. Allison Says:

    When placing a hold, none of the GRPL libraries are listed as a pickup location. Specifically, GR Van Belkum.

  2. Dave Says:

    That’s great I’m excited to see the new system. I can find items in the current system but it take more work than other systems I’ve seen.

    Allison, KDL and GRPL broke up. Now, both are separate and you can’t have holds go between them unfortunately.

  3. Justin Says:

    KDL and GRPL didn’t “break up.” They just use different systems that cannot communicate with each other.

    Alison: If you would like to look for GRPL items you can go to http://www.grpl.org and click on “Library Catalog.” If you find something you want, you can place it for pickup at a GRPL library and must return it to a GRPL library.

  4. Dave Says:

    The GRPL system is, in some ways, more limited than the system it replaced. For example, I can’t search specifically for unabridged books on CD. The closest I can get is teh very broad category of “Audiobooks.” Please tell me that Encore will not lose the search capabilities we’ve become used to with the current KDL system.

  5. Jeff@KDL Says:

    Dave, you will be pleased to hear that you will indeed be able to look specifically for unabridged books on CD. In fact, we will continue to have separate categories for Cassettes both abridged and unabridged, CDs both abridged and unabridged, MP3 CDs, and downloadable audiobooks.

    The MP3 CDs and downloadable audiobooks are usually unabridged, which is why we don’t have abridged and unabridged categories for them.

    I think you will find that Encore will make it easier than ever to limit your searches to the format you’re looking for.

  6. Justin Says:

    Actually, you CAN limit by abridge or unabridged on GRPLs catalog. When you search, and in “abridged” or “unabridged” as a keyword.

  7. Justin Says:

    One thing that the GRPL catalog does that LakeNet does is let you place holds on a specific copy of an item. This is great when there’s a tv series where some libraries have the full season as 1 item while others have the season split into 2 or 3 items.

    Will something similar be available in Encore? There are a few TV series I watching through and it’s a hassle to make sure I get the right copy.

  8. Sharon Ronan Says:

    I can’t renew my books on this website. That’s the main reason to do this.

  9. Pepper Says:

    I’m hoping that the Encore interface will allow me to log in once and then remember me throughout my browsing and placing on holds.
    Will the new system delete any features currently available? I really like the “What’s Next” feature and I use it a lot.

  10. Allison Says:

    Well I placed the hold to be delivered at the Plainfield branch instead. I haven’t gotten an email saying my hold is ready to be picked up, and it’s been since the 15th. Do we need to re-register or anything?