All WRLSWEB library users will be seeing a new online catalog called Encore soon. The anticipated “go live” date is Wednesday, March 19.
Key dates for library users to be aware in preparation for the new catalog:
|Thursday, March 13||Placing items on hold will be suspended until the new catalog is operational.|
|Saturday, March 15||This is the last day to print reading lists and history. Unfortunately, this information won’t migrate. Please touch base with a librarian if you need help.|
|Sunday, March 16||Downloading eBooks from OverDrive will be suspended until the new catalog is operational. Items downloaded prior to this date will be readable on e-readers.|
|Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18||Library catalog and public Internet access will not be available these days.The Sparta Free Library will be closed to the public so staff can further prepare for the new catalog.|
|Wednesday, March 19||Sparta Free Library will re-open. The new catalog is anticipated to be operational.|
New features of the online catalog include:
- Google-like searching;
- improved access to eBooks available through OverDrive;
- tagging and rating options; as well as
- simultaneous search and retrieval of related articles from BadgerLink magazines and databases, along with library books, movies, and music.
Experience the new catalog independently or get acquainted with the new catalog alongside one of your library staff. Library staff desires to make this transition a pleasurable experience for library users.
There is some important preparation involved with making a smooth transition from the current online catalog to the new online catalog. Library users are already seeing due dates extended to late March. There will be a limited collection of newer titles added to the catalog in March, but this will catch up in April.
Please review the key dates at the beginning of this post. Your patience is appreciated during the transition to the new catalog.