Frequently Asked Questions
Does Encore search the same resources as the Classic Catalog?Encore searches all of the same resources (books, sound recordings, DVDs, museum passes, etc.). Encore…
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.” Continue reading
Due to a recent software upgrade there are some new features in the Commonwealth Catalog. The upgrade will allow users to:
- 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.
Browse hundreds of recent additions, 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!
Your 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.
Congratulations to the 2016 Pulitzer prize winners.
Fiction – 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
The Edgartown library recently moved to a new location, 26 West Tisbury Road.
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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.
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has published an infographic to show how “State Funding Cuts Are Putting Library Resource Sharing At Risk.”
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. Continue reading