Category Archives: CLAMS Member Libraries

CLAMS Libraries offer a variety of services including: WiFi internet access, public use computers, inter-library loan, reference services, delivery service among member libraries, easy drop off, books (regular, Large Print and paperback), magazines, audiobooks (downloadable, CDs, Playaways, Cassettes), DVDs & Videocassettes, toys, games, programs for Adults, Teens and Children, community meeting rooms, etc. CLAMS Libraries cater to the informational, recreational and educational needs of their communities. In addition many CLAMS libraries hold special treasures and unique collections.

This is a brief summary of special Collections and archives at libraries on Cape Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. To see all reference databases CLAMS libraries subscribe to locally or statewide click here.

All CLAMS libraries offer free wireless Internet access.

2016 A Year In Review

Thanks to all of our patrons for making 2016 a great year for CLAMS.
Here’s to an even better 2017!

CLAMS Library Network 2016 A Year in Review. New borrowers 15,158. Total checkouts 3 million. Total number of new material added to the network's collection, new titles 35,417, new items 149,338. 2016 circulation statistics, checkouts and renewals 3,030,453, holds fulfilled 459,107, most popular material type is DVD. Total eContent checkouts and renewals 274,364. 2016 eContent circulation statistics, eBook checkouts 202,177, eAudio and eVideo 72,187. Total number of records in CLAMS. 581,600 titles. 260,049 patrons. 1,668,596 items.

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

National Novel Writing MonthWhat is NaNoWriMo? According to its site nanowrimo.org, “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”

Need help or inspiration? Check out our events calendar to join local writers groups when they meetup at our libraries.

Follow the #NaNoWriMo2016 fun at the library on Twitter.

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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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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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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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

 

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2015 Online Catalog Survey Results: HELP

help-153094_1280I would like a HELP/ “How to use” guide. Where can I access this information?
You can access our HELP pages to find information and directions on various topics including:

General FAQs        Email & Notices
My Account            Reading History & Lists
Requesting             Searching
Online Catalog      Digital Media

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

 

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Results From Our Online Catalog Survey

thanks for your feedbackWe received over 3,000 responses to our online catalog survey.  Needless to say, this was more than we anticipated. Due to the overwhelming response we need a little more time to analyze the results. We think this is a great “problem” to have and would like to thank every CLAMS library network user. We truly appreciate your feedback.

In the meantime, we have posted  a preliminary results page.
The Survey 2015 Results Page highlights existing features in our system that users commented on in the survey.

Thanks again.

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