The Library upgraded the system running the catalog, which is called "e-Library." Features that you've been asking for are now available in the catalog software, which stands alone from the website. If you want to set a quick link (i.e. bookmark, favorite) in your browser, the address is http://cat.knoxlib.org. (If you navigate to the site and then bookmark it, edit the URL in the bookmark properties so that it ends with .org.)
1. My Lists
You've been asking for a way to see what you've checked out, or to keep a list of items you want to remember for the future. You can now create lists that are saved in your account until you choose to remove them, or they are purged automatically by the library after a long time of inactivity (like, you move away). You can view, print, or e-mail a list. From the list, you can go to the details of an item in order to request that item.
- You must log into the e-Library to use the My Lists feature.
- It will be up to you to keep updating a list of items you've checked out.
(The lists feature of WorldCat is still recommended if you want to make lists including items that are not in the Library's collection.)
My Lists versus Marked Items
A Marked Items bibliography is created by selecting the Mark button for items in a search results list. The Marked Items bibliography is temporary because it is retained only for the length of the current e-Library session. While you can create any number of lists to be saved in the My Lists area, only one bibliography of marked items can be maintained in an e-Library session.
2. My Account
You've been asking for the ability to sort what you have checked out; most of you want to sort by date due. You also want to see how many times you've already renewed something. In eLibrary, you get both. Sort the My Account lists by clicking the column headers or arrows.
You can click a button to create a permanent link (permalink) to an e-Library page, such as a Search Results page or a Details display page for an item. Copy the permalink and paste it into a website or e-mail message.
You can create a bookmark so you can return to a particular e-Library page, including a Search Results page or a Details display page for an item. Look for the Bookmark This Page option on a horizontal bar near the top of the web page.
5. More Lists of New Stuff
When you visit e-Library you'll notice several links under New at KCPL, on the far right. These are lists of new adult books by genre, plus children's items, movies, audiobooks, and music. These are updated weekly.
6. NoveList links and A Look Inside
In a list of search results, clicking the title or cover image takes you to the Item Details. From there, if you see a tab that says "A Look Inside," you'll find more information about the item by clicking that tab.
You'll sometimes see a small button below the item details. Clicking it takes you to NoveList for reviews, books in a series, author read-alikes, etc. You might be asked for your library card number to gain entry into NoveList, but it's worth it. Once you get logged in to NoveList, for the rest of your session you should be able to go back and forth between our catalog and NoveList without having to put in your number every time.
7. More format selections
We've expanded the selections you can make to target your search to specific types of goodies. In the website version of the catalog, for example, you can target your search to books, CDs, or DVD/VHS formats. Well, that just wasn't good enough! We wrestled with what else you might want, and after some heated arguments among ourselves (we're very dramatic about these things), we've come up with 13 formats you can target.
If you have questions about how any of these features work, please call Reference at 215-8700.