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Try Encore, a New Way to Search the CLAMS Catalog

When you search the CLAMS Catalog you will be invited to try our new  Encore Search.  


What is Encore?
Based on feedback from our users, CLAMS has added an intuitive, yet powerful search option that includes features common to search engines such as Google, commercial web sites, and social networking sites. It is a new way to search for books, DVDs, digital titles, etc. in the CLAMS libraries.  Encore is particularly powerful when you begin with a broad search and want to narrow it down.

Encore integrates the patron’s OverDrive eBook checkouts and holds into “My Account” and allows access to articles from Gale General OneFile, an online reference resource provided through the state.
For more details please visit out Help Page.



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.