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Try Encore, a New Way to Search the CLAMS Catalog

When you search the CLAMS Catalog you will be invited to try our new  Encore Search.  
Encore

 

What is Encore?
Based on feedback from our users, CLAMS has added an intuitive, yet powerful search option that includes features common to search engines such as Google, commercial web sites, and social networking sites. It is a new way to search for books, DVDs, digital titles, etc. in the CLAMS libraries.  Encore is particularly powerful when you begin with a broad search and want to narrow it down.

Encore integrates the patron’s OverDrive eBook checkouts and holds into “My Account” and allows access to articles from Gale General OneFile, an online reference resource provided through the state.
For more details please visit out Help Page.

 

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Programs Cape Cod & Island libraries

There are lots of interesting and fun programs scheduled  for adults and children at local CLAMS Member libraries over the coming months.  Check out the CLAMS calendar and/or the CLAMS Facebook events page  to see what’s happening or, check with your local CLAMS library.
Read the full description of the event to find out if a ticket or pre-registration is required.

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Featured service: passes

passes2Who doesn’t like a discount?  Your local CLAMS library may offer free- to-you, or discounted passes for:  museums,  art centers, and more.    Check  the online list  and visit your library’s website for more information.    Libraries will vary in selection, reservation, and  lending policies.

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Librarian of Congress appointed

Dr. Carla Hayden Approved as Librarian of Congress

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ComCat Users

Due to a recent  software upgrade there  are some new  features in the Commonwealth Catalog. The upgrade will allow users to:comcat

  • Cancel items in Retry status from the My Account menu.
  • Items in search results will have Action Buttons on covers : Request This Item – if there is only one item; brings up the request form (or login) directly  and View Details – if there is more than one item; brings up list of titles and locations.

 

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New Look Featured Titles

 

Browse hundreds of recent may_bbqadditions, eBooks and monthly theme titles in the CLAMS new look  “Featured Titles”  section.  Click on the images below and link directly  into the Catalog.
May is barbecue month – have fun browsing!

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What do I read next?

novplus200Your current CLAMS library card allows access to a great reading resource.  NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers’ advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction. NoveList Plus will help you to answer the question of what to read next.

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2016 Pulitzer Prizes

Congratulations to the 2016 Pulitzer prize winners.
sympathizerFiction – The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Non-fiction – Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS   by Joby Warrick
Biography – Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
History – Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles

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Update: Edgartown Public Library

Edgartown Public Library, new.

Edgartown Public Library, new.

The Edgartown library  recently moved to a new location,  26 West Tisbury Road.
Library Hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(Closed Sundays)

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Update: The “New Look” online catalog is now live

Based on feedback from the recent summer patron survey,  CLAMS has released a redesigned online catalog.
Read on for a summary of the patron survey.  We listened and incorporated as many of your suggestions as possible. Thank you to all who participated.

Survey period:  5/26/15 to 7/31/15
Total responses:  3,039
More than 83% of respondents use a computer from outside the library to access the online catalog.
47% use a mobile device to access the online catalog.
What patrons are doing in the online catalog:
90% – Searching for materials
84% – Logging into My Account to request/renew items.
38% – Using lists such as New and Popular Titles
24% – Accessing OverDrive
Types of Searches:
 85% – Title
74% – Author
36% – Keyword
23% – Subject
96% say they find what they are looking for all or most of the time.
45% use the Search by Format feature.
40% use the Advanced Search options.
40% limit their search results in some way.
47% use the reviews while searching the online catalog.
46% used the Novelist/series information at the bottom of the page.
When asked whether they would like articles and online reference sources included in a catalog search when doing research:
45% said Yes
15% said No
40% said Not Sure
50% of respondents said they would like to access ebooks from within the online catalog.

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