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


New Additions Last Month – March

New additions to catalog
The CLAMS library network  added  approx. 11,500 items to our catalog last month.

Additions include: books, movies, magazines, eBooks from OverDrive and Baker & Taylor (Commonwealth eBook Collections) , books on CD, MP3s, playaways, and more.

Request new titles from the following lists:
       Fiction                           Non-Fiction
       Large Print Fiction      Large Print Non-Fiction
       DVDs                              Children’s DVDs
       Audiobooks                   Music CDs
       Children’s Books          Young Adult Books
      DVDs Non-Fiction        Video Games

New and Coming Soon eBooks and eAudiobooks
(CLAMS Digital Downloads) may be found in the online catalog.
Find Baker & Taylor Axis 360 eBooks in the online catalog.


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.


2015 Online Catalog Survey Results: VIRTCAT vs COMCAT

ComCat_Web_SmallI miss the Virtual Catalog! How come I can’t use the Virtual Catalog anymore?
The Commonwealth Catalog has replaced the Virtual Catalog and can be used to search for and request materials that you can not find or are unavailable in CLAMS.


I can’t find the item I am looking for in CLAMS, how can I see if other Massachusetts library networks have the item?
The Commonwealth Catalog can be used to search for and request items that you can not find or are unavailable in CLAMS.

For more information on our survey and its results,
see our preliminary survey results page.



Update: Edgartown Public Library

Edgartown Public Library, new.

Edgartown Public Library, new.

The Edgartown library will re open at their new location,  26 West Tisbury Road
on Monday, March 21, at 11 a.m.
Library Hours (after they reopen):
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(Closed Sundays)


State Funding for Library Resource Sharing down 30%

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has published an infographic to show how “State Funding Cuts Are Putting Library Resource Sharing At Risk.”


2015 A Year In Review

Thanks to all of our patrons for making 2015 great for CLAMS. Here’s to an even better 2016!



2015 Online Catalog Survey Results: MY ACCOUNT

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My Account

How can I see what I currently have checked out and what I have on hold?
My Account. You can view your record, see what items you have checked out, renew items online, request items from the catalog, view the status of your requests/holds, create preferred searches, and rate items through My Account. For more information, go to My Account FAQs.

Why can’t I see what number I am on the waiting list for a title?
Our library network’s software does not currently offer this feature.  However, the ratio of requests to the number of copies in the CLAMS system will give you a good idea of the length of the wait queue. Please see My Account FAQs page for more information.

The CLAMS system does not have the item I want. How do I suggest a purchase?
You are welcomed to complete and submit the Suggest a Purchase online form. Suggest a Purchase can be found on the CLAMS online catalog homepage under My Account.

What is the difference between “Save to My Lists” and “Add to Bag”?
Both Bags and Lists are used to collect multiple titles that can be requested, printed, emailed, or saved to one’s account for later reference.
http://library.clamsnet.org/screens/ico_bag_add.gif A “Bag” is like a shopping cart, it is temporary and exists only during your current session. Once you close your browser or navigate away from the CLAMS website the contents of your bag will disappear. You can add titles to your bag and then request all the titles in your bag at once or you can save to your “Lists.”
http://library.clamsnet.org/screens/ico_list_add.gif“Lists” are saved to a your account for as long as you want. These lists can be accessed whenever you log into My Account. Multiple lists can be maintained in  your account.
To learn more about the “Add to Bag” and “Save to My Lists” features, please go to the Online Catalog FAQs page.

How do I request an item online?
To request a single item, search the catalog to find the item you want and then select the Request button Request. This will bring you to the login page. After logging in, the system will ask where you want to pick up the item. Select your desired pickup location, and then submit. When the item is ready for pickup at your selected location, you will be notified by phone or email.

How can I request multiple items at once instead of one-by-one?
You can request multiple items at once by adding items to your bag. When you a scrolling through a list of titles click the Add To Bag icon. Each item you add to your bag will remain in it until you are ready to “checkout” and request all items at once.
When you are done adding items to your bag click on View Bag then click  Request Saved. This will bring you to your My Account login page. Log into your account, then click on Request All. A popup will show you the batch requesting process. After you see Request Successful next to each title you can then empty your bag Empty Bag. 

I don’t want to request items right now. I want to save items to a list for future requesting. How do I do that?
To save items to a list for future requesting, click on the icon  Save To My Lists when scrolling through the search results page or while viewing a record. You will be prompted to log into your account. After logging in you can add the title to a list you have already made or select – Create a new list – A new list will prompt you to provide a “List Name” and “Description.” After submitting you will see a message, 1 record saved to “your named list” for later.
You can view your saved lists and the titles from those saved lists by clicking on the My Lists in My Account.

How can I renew my items online?
Go to My Account, ScreenHunter_125 Sep. 11 14.21  View Current Checkouts. You can Renew All, or click the check boxes in the Renew column for the items you wish to renew, and then click Renew Marked. Some items, including those that are overdue, may not be renewable online. For more information on renewing, please go to the Requests FAQs page.

I can never remember my library barcode is there any other way I can login?
Yes, you can set up a username to log into your library account online. Please go to My Account FAQs to see how to setup a username.

Why does my library card expire?
Library card registrations periodically expire so that library staff can be sure that information such as your mailing address, email address, and phone number are up-to-date.

Can I receive email reminders when items I’ve checked out are almost due?
Yes.  If there is an email address in your library account, then you will automatically receive reminders 3 days before the item is due.

For more information on our survey and its results,
see our preliminary survey results page.



2015 Online Catalog Survey Results: ADVANCED SEARCHING & FEATURES

search_browse-42931_1280Where can I find information on how to use the advanced search features?
Information and directions for how to use our advanced search features can be found on the Searching FAQs page.

I would like to see suggestions of other titles to check out based on titles I have read.
The CLAMS library network subscribes to Novelist Plus. This feature provides users of the online catalog title recommendations, series information, and other enriched content while viewing a record online (may require scrolling down the page to see additional recommended titles). As well as viewing enriched content from within the record a user can also go to the CLAMS Novelist Plus site for more in depth reader’s advisory services.

How can I search the CLAMS Online Catalog for just adult books?
CLAMS has recently set up a way to search different collections. These collections include searching only adult collections, only young adult collections, and/or only children’s collections. You can limit to each collection from the search box under “All Locations”.

How can I get to an advanced search from an existing search? I do not want to have to start my search all over again.
You can always modify an existing search without having to start from scratch. After your initial search is complete click on the Modify Search button above the search box. This will keep your initial search intact but also will allow you to add advanced search options.


For more information on our survey and its results,
see our preliminary survey results page.



2015 Online Catalog Survey Results: FEATURED LISTS

Featured Lists ImageWhere can I find a list of new titles added to the system?
You can find multiple new, coming soon (aka future releases), and other featured lists on the New & Popular Titles page.

Where can I find a list of the most popular titles in CLAMS?
You can find multiple lists of the most requested titles in CLAMS on the Top Requests page.

I would like to see a list of titles in the CLAMS library network that are currently on the New York Times Bestseller lists.
CLAMS maintains multiple lists, updated on a weekly basis, of titles based on the New York Times Bestseller lists. These lists can be found on the New & Popular Titles page.

NY Times Fiction in CLAMS
NY Times Non-Fiction in CLAMS
NY Times Children’s in CLAMS
NY Times Young Adult in CLAMS

I would like to see a list of items the libraries are going to purchase or a list of titles not released yet but are coming soon.
We have multiple coming soon aka “future releases” lists, updated weekly, that users can browse and place requests/holds on. These lists can be found on the New & Popular Titles page.

Books on CD
Children’s Books
Young Adult Books


For more information on our survey and its results,
see our preliminary survey results page.



2015 Online Catalog Survey Results: OVERDRIVE

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How do I borrow and download eBooks and eAudios from OverDrive?

OverDrive provides many help and “how to” guides & videos on borrowing, downloading, and returning titles.


For more information on our survey and its results,
see our preliminary survey results page