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New Catalogue Is Here!

Library starts a new chapter with a new catalogue 
The Penticton Public Library has released a brand-new library catalogue, providing patrons with a new suite of features. 
 Patrons are now able to: 
Create and share lists of library materials 
Read book reviews directly from the catalogue 
Interact with locally curated content from Penticton Public Library Staff
Place purchase requests
What is the online catalogue and why has it changed?
The Library’s online catalogue is what our patrons use to explore the collection and find what they want and need. After careful evaluation, we determined that our former catalogue did not allow for enough customization. Therefore, to serve the community better, and allow us to provide a better user experience, we are switching to a new catalogue, Aspen Discovery, which gives us room to grow! 
This change is the first step in the Library’s plan to integrate our physical collection with our digital collection and program offerings, in a seamless way. The new catalogue allows us to personalize and tailor our site to better meet the need of our patrons. We know that some users will be affected by these changes; please be patient as we work out the bugs. We value the opinions of our patrons and invite feedback.
How is the new online catalogue different? 
Your Information and Privacy: You will be able to create your own username and password with our new catalogue.
Search Tools: The new online catalog is more directly integrated with the systems that our Library staff use to keep the catalog up to date. That means that when users search, they will get a faster, more accurate display of item availability, immediately letting patrons know which of their search results are available at the Library or from anywhere online. 
Social and Other Features: The new catalogue has social features, such as user ratings, which were not available in our old catalogue. An exciting facet of this is that, if a patron rate books that they liked (or didn’t like), Aspen will be able to recommend similar titles. Aspen also will show reviews about the item being looked at, so users can learn a bit more about it before borrowing it.
Mobile: The new catalogue has been working for years to make a fully responsive interface that is easy to use on any device.
How can I provide feedback? 
As we undertake these changes, we value opinions and feedback and want to hear from our patrons. We welcome comments regarding any enhancements users would like to see in the future, and how they should be prioritized for introduction. Please email: info@pentictonlibrary.ca 
Stephanie James
Adult Services Librarian
Dan Lerch 
Systems Librarian 


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