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New Catalog, Coming Soon!

CLAMS Libraries will soon unveil a new catalog. 

We are moving to the Aspen Discovery platform to enhance and enrich your experience.

Aspen makes searching for books and resources easier, pulling all library resources together in one search. Patrons can create and share lists of materials and online content or peruse curated lists created by their local library staff. Readers can easily find a title in every format available, read book reviews, and even rate items and see how others rated them. If a book or other item is unavailable, a “While you wait” feature offers suggestions for similar titles. These are examples of the many features in Aspen.

The CLAMS Aspen Discovery catalog will launch on February 27th. 

Why are we changing to Aspen?

The CLAMS Libraries have selected a new user-friendly catalog designed to make it easier than ever to find and borrow materials from the library! This powerful new search engine includes features like predictive search text, curated lists, personalized recommendations, and greater control over your user account.

When will this happen?

  • Migration of data will occur the weekend of February 25th & 26th. Your account will be unavailable during that time.
  • Access to your account on our current catalog will be available through February 24th.
  • ComCat and ILL services will pause on February 3rd.
  • Automatic renewals and notices will stop on February 24th.
  • Our new catalog will be live on Monday, February 27th.

What will transfer to the new catalog?

  • Your library card number and account information.
  • Your current holds and checkouts.
  • OverDrive/Libby checkouts, holds, and history. You will need to log into OverDrive/Libby again.
  • Reading history (if you opted in) will migrate over to the new system but will not be ready on Day 1.
  • The CLAMS mobile app will remain the same. Some features, like self-checkout, will take additional time to implement.
  • All eResources – access to databases, OverDrive, Hoopla, Kanopy, newspapers, etc. — You may be logged out automatically by some of these services and will need to log back in.

What won’t transfer to the new catalog?

  • Pins & Passwords (you’ll need to create a new one when you first log in).
  • Bookmarked pages.
  • Community tags.
  • Preferred searches.
  • My ratings.
  • My lists.
  • Commonwealth Catalog and ILL checkouts.

What are Aspen’s features?

  • You can update contact information in your account such as address, phone number or email address.
  • Select your notification preferences such as text, email, or phone call for holds.
  • Link family accounts to manage them all.
  • Search results are now grouped by format! Easily view what formats are available, such as: print books, audiobooks, eBooks/eAudiobooks, and DVDs or Blu-rays.
  • Check out and download OverDrive/Libby materials right in Aspen.
  • A catalog search will clearly show if an item is on shelf, available from another library, available online to download, or if all copies are checked out. You will see the number of copies and how many patrons are on the waiting list for a title.
  • Rate what you read, listen to, or watch. Your ratings will help the catalog recommend other titles you may be interested in.
  • Make purchase suggestions directly through your account if you cannot find what you are looking for.

What do I need to know now?

  • Until February 24th, nothing will change, though we have paused all Comcat and ILL requests for now. Those services will resume after migration.
  • Migration of data to the new catalog will happen on February 25th and 26th.
  • During that weekend the current catalog will be available to search, but you will not be able to place holds or check item availability. You will be able to borrow items at the library but you must have your library card with you.
  • You will not be able to access your account while the migration is underway.
  • If possible, make sure you have a current phone number and valid email address on file. This will make it much easier to access your account during your initial sign-in.

How do I access my account after migration?

After February 26th you’ll be redirected to our new website. You’ll choose your local library and click Select Library Catalog then SIGN IN using your library card number and the last 4 digits of your phone number on file.
You will be prompted to create a new pin/password when logging in. If you do not have a valid email address in your account for patron verification, please contact your local library for assistance with this process.

  • There may be some interruptions in the use of downloadable/streaming media or access to some websites and databases. However, we do not expect these services to be unavailable for very long and will restore access as soon as possible. 

Where can I learn more?

Check out the Aspen Discovery Quick Start Guide and these brief how-to videos on YouTube to learn more about our new catalog.

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Top 100 Titles 2022

Here are the top titles in the CLAMS Catalog for last year.
How many have you checked out? (links may be slow to load)
Top 100 Books
Top 100 Blu-rays & DVDs
Top 100 Music CDs
Top 100 Audiobooks
Top 100 eBooks
Top 100 eAudiobooks

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Handy New Database

Check out this new database available to all CLAMS Library Network card holders! Thanks to the Mass Library System, patrons now have access to Gale Legal Forms. Click the link below, click your home library in the list, then scroll down to Legal Forms. Included are Probate, Wills & Estates, Landlord, Tenant and many other forms. https://bit.ly/3zhW0mv

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Borrow a wifi hotspot

Thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners CLAMS Libraries have Wi-Fi hotspots you can borrow for free with your library card. Call your library for more information.

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Top Titles of 2021

Check out the top titles borrowed from the CLAMS Library Network in 2021

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Download one today at http://www.clamsnet.overdrive.com
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To access our eCollection go to https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/
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New Libby Handout

Our Libby How-To Handout has been improved and updated. Download it (click on the link below) today and learn how to use Libby to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks for free from CLAMS. Questions? Please contact your home library for even more help.

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Cape Cod Students Gain Access to eBooks from their Local Libraries

Students from several Cape Cod schools are now able to access OverDrive digital materials from nearby public libraries using their student IDs. CLAMS libraries in Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, Truro and Wellfleet are partnering with the Nauset School System, Mashpee Library is partnering with the Mashpee Schools, Falmouth Public Library is partnering with Falmouth High School, and the seven Barnstable libraries—Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Osterville, Sturgis and Whelden Memorial—are partnering with Barnstable High School. Dennis and Yarmouth libraries will soon partner with schools that offer OverDrive in the Dennis/Yarmouth District. Using their school credentials directly through OverDrive’s SORA app, students can check out and request titles from the entire CLAMS digital collection and will have priority access to their partnering libraries’ OverDrive Advantage collection. They can also get out-of-network materials through the LEA Project.

Lynn Weeks, Library Media Specialist, Mashpee Middle/High School welcomes the initiative:

“We are so excited we were given the opportunity to partner with Mashpee Public Library and offer our students access to additional eBook titles. Removing the barrier of a public library card and allowing students to access the public library digital collection in the Sora platform using their school log-on information has enabled us to meet needs we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to meet with all of the limitations of this current year.  We hope that this introduction to public library resources will serve as a bridge to students becoming lifelong library users and lead to students obtaining their own public library cards.”

Kathleen Mahoney, Mashpee Public Library Director said:

“Partnering with the Mashpee Public Schools to provide students with instant access to our OverDrive collections allowed the Library to support both the educational needs of the students, and encourage reading for pleasure during the past year of at home and hybrid learning models.  Our goal is to increase access and accessibility to all patrons and this initiative allows us to do outreach to a typically underserved population.  We are now collaborating with staff at the school who have asked us to work with them to provide full-service CLAMS library cards to their students.  This partnership could not have generated a more successful outcome for everyone involved!”

The CLAMS shared digital eBook collection has over 40,000 unique titles and over 3,000 eMagazines available free of charge.  Through the statewide LEA initiative, CLAMS library users have access to over 350,000 titles statewide.

CLAMS (Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing) is one of eight public library networks in Massachusetts that provides the library catalog, technology support, the ability to borrow from neighboring libraries, circulation, patron registration, Internet access and other critical services. CLAMS serves 35 libraries (38 locations) on Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. More about CLAMS is available at info.clamsnet.org.

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