New Additions Last Month

New additions to catalog
The CLAMS library network  added  over 11,000 items to our catalog last month. Continue reading

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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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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.

 

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ALA Celebrates LGBTQ+ Book Month

In 2015 the American Library Association declared June as GLBT Book Month. It is, “a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay,  lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.”

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Over the Rainbow Books* – List of LGBTQ+ Books for Adult Readers
Rainbow Books – List of LGBTQ+ Books for Kids and Teens
Stonewall Book Awards – The first and longest-enduring awards list  for LGBTQ+ literature

*The Over the Rainbow Books are the featured titles listed on our Facebook page book widget this month. They’re available for you to check out!

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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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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.”

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2015 A Year In Review

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

 

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