New library catalogue checks out

March 13, 2012 by  

Accessing the collection of the Malden Public Library online has just become a little easier.

The new, more robust functionality of the catalogue incorporates social networking and personalized logins to borrow, place holds or renew material. It also features many of the dynamics internet users expect in a website.

“We’re really excited about it,” said Susan Francis, information librarian at the Malden Public Library. “One of the things I like best is that it just looks easier to use. It’s much more user friendly.”

The former version of the catalogue was completely text-based and was described by Francis as being “clunky” and “quite old.”

Users will find that much of the website has remained the same as before. Francis noted that once users click on a link to the revamped catalogue, which was made possible by the Metro Boston Library Network, and see scrolling images of popular picks on the homepage, the difference will become apparent.

“It’s much more interesting,” said Francis. “It’s much more inviting.”

Malden print services designing graphics and preparing content for customers can more easily do research using the new online catalogue.

As part of the Metro Boston Library Network, the Malden Library pays just $661 annually for the catalogue.

Launched in February, the customer feedback on the new and improved catalogue has been positive. Francis said she can see some functions that will add to the new online experience in the near future.

“Eventually we hope to be able to pay fines online,” she said. “You can’t do that yet, but it would be nice, because we don’t take credit cards at the library.”