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Library Corner

March 22, 2012

From card catalogs to BookMyne

Changes happen in the library world fast. There were the days of the card catalog, when you had to look up books by title, author or subject and you only knew what the library you were visiting had, but not if it was available until you went to the shelf. Now, we just type the title, author or subject heading in the online catalog and you are immediately told who in the whole Four County Library System owns the book, if it is on the shelf, and even how long the wait is. It even tells you when something is on order as soon as it is ordered.

No card catalog ever did that.

Another advantage is that you can check your account online, and place reserves as well. You can't believe how many hours we used to spend every week filing card catalog cards and pulling cards when books were culled from the collection. I like filing, but don't miss the card catalog. The automated catalog gives you instantaneous information and can lead to you items you would never find otherwise. A new world, and now you can take your library on the go.

Huntington Memorial Library is now offering through the Four County Library System, the ability to check your account information and search our card catalog from your smartphone or tablet device. This new feature is called The BookMyne app and is issued by SirsiDynix and can be found in your Apple or Android app store.

The app provides many of the same options as the desktop version of the card catalog with a few unique features. Patrons can check on the status of their account, renew items,and place items on hold. With this app you can now ask to be notified when a book is about to become due or if something is available at the library for you to pick up. This notification system is through the app only. We will still contact you when something you have requested is available.

If you are browsing for books in the store or looking at a friend's book that you would like to read, you can now use your phone's camera to scan the book's barcode with the search function of the app to check availability and place a hold on the book.

For those list makers out there, you can create your own bookshelves of "to be read" or "already read" books from the catalog. These bookshelves can only be used with the app and are not connected to your account information on the full website version of the catalog.

Other features include:

"¢ Search by Book Award categories and types of books (Hardcover Nonfiction or Picture Books)

"¢ See what position you are on in the Holds Queue for a book that you have placed on hold

"¢ See what fines are accruing or are past due.

This is another step forward in the ever changing world of libraries.

Questions about how this works? Call Sarah Livingston at the library, 432-1980 for answers.

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