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By Jake K.

As a librarian who does both in-person reference and readers’ advisory as well as online engagements, I often get asked what the best way is to know what’s coming soon at EVPL, or how to become a pro at using the catalog. While I can’t say there’s a magical solution to find all of these answers, I’m excited to show you some tips and tricks to finding what you’re looking for, as well as what’s new and coming soon in the EVPL catalog.

Our main catalog is the Encore catalog, a discovery layer that gives you a complete digital card catalog experience from our integrated library system (ILS) software. The Classic catalog available through EVPL’s website is the more traditional catalog that our ILS program offers. 

Simple searching is also available in the EVPL app.

Feature lists

Snapshot of the New Titles at the Library listAs shown on the Graphic Novels, Books, & More page, we offer a New Titles at EVPL list. 

These lists are grouped by type and are posted for one week after the items on the list are entered into our catalog and become available for holds and checkouts; notice the dates on this list show what new titles were available this past week.

Additionally, the lists might not specifically show items tagged as NEW, but items EVPL recently acquired and might not circulate with NEW stickers on the NEW shelves. For example, if we add a classic television series to the catalog, like a new season of Matlock or Saved by the Bell, these are not NEW, but we did recently acquire these and they could be listed.

I primarily work in the Popular Materials Center at EVPL Central. Here’s what EVPL’s new fiction list in the Classic catalog looks like. Notice it’s easy to see where items are. The first item on the list is available in Popular Materials (Central 1st Floor Fiction). The catalog also shows if the items are on hold for another patron or checked out. 

New items that will be on our new shelves will also have the *NEW* tag as shown in the graphic:

You can also easily place a hold by signing in to your library account, or calling us, to have us place the items on hold for you. Be prepared to give your card number via phone and confirm your account details, all for your safety.

Conducting your own search

I like to recommend our Encore catalog if you’re doing a search on your own. Encore, by default, does keyword searching. This means, if you are searching for a book about or CD by Miles Davis, you can type Miles Davis into the search, and you’ll get results for Miles Davis on multiple formats.

You can change this by clicking the Advanced Search option under the search bar. If you’re interested in doing research on a specific topic with online resources, toggling over to the Articles tab might be of interest to you. You can learn more about Article searching in this video.

 

Maybe you’re curious as to what new films or television shows EVPL has on DVD. Just enter DVD (the beginning of the call number) for DVDs into the search bar. Press enter or click the go button.

When search results appear, in the refinements choose only to show DVDs (left side checkmark), and then sort your item view by DATE (under the Results count). You can browse, make requests, and view information on each item by clicking the title to see the bibliography page. Some items might be available, others might be on order. 

We’re here for you!

Don’t forget, you can always call us at 812.428.8200 or visit your nearest location to place holds. We also offer AskEVPL chat via the website. 

The library would love to hear from you if you can’t find something you’re looking for. Check out our Contact Us page and select “an item EVPL could purchase” to send a message to request an item be considered for addition to the collection. You can also request books we don’t carry through Interlibrary Loan online or by calling 812.425.4721. 

Don’t forget about our many Digital Collections to let you read, watch, and listen on your favorite devices, 24/7.

Happy Browsing!

Jake K.

Jake K.


Jake K. is a librarian at EVPL Central. He loves discovering answers to life’s pressing questions and helping people explore the amazing powers of the library.

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